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Rarely Loaned Van Gogh Masterpieces Will Travel to Houston

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

  • Vincent van Gogh, "Head of a Woman Wearing a White
Cap," November 1884–May 1885, oil on canvas, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands (Photo Credit: © Kröller- Müller Museum / photo: Rik Klein Gotink)
    Vincent van Gogh, "Head of a Woman Wearing a White Cap," November 1884–May 1885, oil on canvas, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands (Photo Credit: © Kröller- Müller Museum / photo: Rik Klein Gotink)
  • Vincent van Gogh, "In the Café: Agostina Segatori in Le Tambourin," January–March 1887, oil on canvas (Photo Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation))
    Vincent van Gogh, "In the Café: Agostina Segatori in Le Tambourin," January–March 1887, oil on canvas (Photo Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation))
  • Vincent van Gogh, "Self-Portrait," March–June 1887, oil on cardboard (Photo Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation))
    Vincent van Gogh, "Self-Portrait," March–June 1887, oil on cardboard (Photo Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation))
  • Vincent van Gogh, "Impasse des deux frères," 1887, oil
on canvas (Photo Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation))
    Vincent van Gogh, "Impasse des deux frères," 1887, oil on canvas (Photo Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation))
  • Vincent van Gogh, "Portrait of a Man," end of October–mid-December 1888, oil on canvas, Kröller-Müller
Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands (Photo Credit: © Kröller-Müller Museum)
    Vincent van Gogh, "Portrait of a Man," end of October–mid-December 1888, oil on canvas, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands (Photo Credit: © Kröller-Müller Museum)
  • Vincent van Gogh, "Peasant Woman Binding Sheaves
(after Millet)," September 1889, oil on canvas on cardboard (Photo Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation))
    Vincent van Gogh, "Peasant Woman Binding Sheaves (after Millet)," September 1889, oil on canvas on cardboard (Photo Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation))
  • Vincent van Gogh, "A Pair of Leather Clogs," autumn 1889, oil on canvas (Photo Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation))
    Vincent van Gogh, "A Pair of Leather Clogs," autumn 1889, oil on canvas (Photo Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation))
  • Vincent van Gogh, "Irises," May 1890, oil on canvas (Photo Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation))
    Vincent van Gogh, "Irises," May 1890, oil on canvas (Photo Credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation))

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"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 March 10, 2019 at the MFAH and run through June 27.

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Catherine Lu

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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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