16 October 2023
Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise - The Final Months
A lecture on the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris
with Chris Boïcos
This exhibition is the first to be devoted to the works produced by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) during the last two months of his life, in Auvers-sur-Oise near Paris. The exhibition is the result of years of research on this crucial phase in the artist’s life.
Vincent Van Gogh arrived in Auvers-sur-Oise on May 20th 1890 and died there on July 29th following a suicide attempt. Although the painter only spent a little over two months in Auvers, the period was one of artistic renewal with its own style and development, marked by the psychic tension resulting from his new situation as well as by some of his greatest masterpieces. The choice of Auvers had much to do with the presence there of Dr Gachet, a physician specializing in the treatment of melancholia who was also a friend of the Impressionists, a collector and an amateur painter. Van Gogh moved to the Ragout Inn in the village and explored every aspect of his new environment, while struggling with the many anxieties connected with his health, his relationship with his brother, and his place in the art world. In just two months, the artist produced 74 paintings and 33 drawings, including some iconic works: Portrait of Dr Gachet, the Church at Auvers and Wheatfield with Crows.
Forty paintings and twenty drawings of the Auvers period are featured in this unprecedented exhibition, highlighting the tremendous energy and urgency Van Gogh brought to his art in the final months of his life.
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