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"Van Gogh Face to Face"
2000-07-02 until 2000-09-23
Museum of Fine Art Boston
More than a century after the artists death, the
exhibition Van Gogh: Face to Face will reunite more
than seventy of his finest portraits for the first time in any
major museum. Works from all stages of his brief career
will be featured, including not only the famous,
intensely-colored portraits he painted in France, but also
the little-known but striking studies of characters that he
encountered in his native Netherlands. Paintings and
drawings from museums and private collections all over
the world have been selected to tell the story of the
artists fascination with the human image, with what he
called impassioned expressions.
One of the highlights of the exhibition will be an
extraordinary assembly of the artists self-portraits, from
the earliest paintings done shortly after his arrival in Paris
in 1886 to the haunting canvas completed a few months
before his death in 1890. In addition, the Van Gogh:
Face to Face will showcase a remarkable group of
seventeen portraits of the family of Joseph Roulin, the
postman at Arles, including the MFAs two magnificent
oils of Roulin and of his wife, Augustine.
Vincent van Gogh,
The Postman Joseph Roulin, 1888.
Oil on canvas.
Gift of Robert Treat Paine II.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.