Van Gogh’s Exhibition in Musée d’Orsay
The last two months of Vincent Van Gogh’s life (May 20, 1890 – July 29, 1890) were spent in Auvers-sur-Oise. Although his mental state was deteriorating, this was a period of artistic renewal, reflected in a number of major masterpieces. Most of them at dispalyed in this Van Gogh exhibition.
In Arles, his most violent crisis put an end to his relationship with Gauguin, and resulted in a year’s internment in the insane asylum of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. On his release, he wanted to get closer to Paris and especially to his brother Theo, his alter ego, to whom he wrote over 650 letters. He settled in Auvers-sur-Oise, where the man who was to take care of him, Doctor Gachet, lived. This doctor, a specialist in nervous diseases, was a companion of the Impressionists, a collector and an amateur painter. Van Gogh takes lodgings at the Ragout Inn, and explores his new surroundings. He is troubled by his fragile mental and physical health, his relationship with his brother who is also his art dealer, and the place he occupies or wishes to occupy in the art world.
At the peak of his artistic mastery, Van Gogh describes the rural life and architecture of Auvers. Articles appeared in the Paris, Brussels and Dutch press, an important sign of his recognition in this artistic milieu.
The Van Gogh’s exhibition at Musée d’Orsay shows Van Gogh’s creative abundance during the two months preceding his suicide. He produced a total of 74 paintings and 33 drawings, including Portrait of Dr. Paul Gachet, The Church at Auvers, and Wheatfield with Crows. The exhibition features early views of the village, portraits, still lifes, and landscapes of the surrounding countryside, as well as a unique series of paintings in an elongated double-square format.
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