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Rarely Loaned Van Gogh Masterpieces Will Travel to Houston

This spring, Houstonians will have a chance to view several Van Gogh paintings and drawings, which they might otherwise have to travel to the Netherlands to see in person.

“The popular story of Van Gogh has tended to focus on his last few years and his death,” according to David Bomford, exhibition curator and Audrey Jones Beck curator, Department of European Art, at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

But the major late-19th century Dutch painter, who famously struggled with mental illness, had an artistic drive that started much earlier.

This spring, the MFAH will present an exhibition that will trace Van Gogh’s evolution as an artist, from early sketches to final paintings. The survey will include more than 50 portraits, landscapes, and still lifes spanning his career.

Many of the rarely-traveled masterpieces will be on loan from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, which together hold the largest Van Gogh collections in the world.

Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art will open in March 2019 at the MFAH.

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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