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"Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)"
2000-06-21 until 2000-11-26
Pierre Gianadda Foundation
Martigny, , CH Switzerland

The Pierre Gianadda Foundation is preparing for an exhibition of the works of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)along the same lines as its exhibitions devoted to Degas in 1993, Manet in 1996 and Gauguin in 1998. As with these,it is being supervised by Ronald Pickvance, the art historian, who is a world authority on Van Gogh. This will be the first Van Gogh exhibition in Switzerland for many years, the last one having taken place in Berne in 1973. The Foundation's aim is to create an exceptional event that will mark the Year 2000.

The exhibition brings together between 90 and 100 paintings and works on paper. As for Van Gogh, drawing was often just as important as painting, and we have secured the loan of drawings of major interest. Van Gogh's artistic odyssey began in 1880 and only lasted ten years. We follow the artist's development through an outline carefully designed to form a genuine retrospective.

The Dutch period (1881-1885) traces Van Gogh's relentless efforts to master the techniques and difficulties of drawing, as well as the painter's initial works at The Hague in 1882, to the point where he makes the sombre Dutch palette his own with works produced in Nuenen in 1884-1885. Here we find familiar works as well as others rarely seen over the last few decades.

His two-year stay in Paris (1886-1888) illustrates the speed with which he incorporated the Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist view. Placed in a good position is spring 1887 in Asnières, on the Seine north of Paris, where he painted various views of the river and the local restaurants.

His stay in Provence, first in Arles (February 1888 - May 1890), then in the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (May 1889 - May 1890), is highlighted by a magnificent series of drawings and water colours. We trace the development of his style step by step through a superb sequence of paintings: many landscapes, as well as portraits and still lifes.

The two months spent in Auvers-sur-Oise at the end of his life (May-July 1890) are evoked by drawings and major paintings, thus completing the fascinating dialogue Van Gogh pursued between these two styles of expression.

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