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"van Gogh: Fields"
2003-02-23 until 2003-05-18
Toledo Museum of Art
Toledo, OH, USA United States of America

The Toledo Museum of Art, in a partnership with the Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany, is proud to present VAN GOGH: Fields, a tightly focused exhibition of works by renowned 19th-century Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh. This is the first exhibition solely to address the artists painted renderings of one of his most cherished themes, the representation of the field in its many guises. The exhibition, consisting of 22 paintings and 5 drawings and watercolors, takes as its point of departure important paintings in the collections of the two participating institutions, Bremens Field of Poppies and Toledos Wheat Fields with Reaper, Auvers (detail above). The Toledo Museum of Art will be the exhibitions only North American venue.

Aiming to consider comprehensively the scope and character of this particular focus within Van Goghs work, examples have been purposely selected from each phase of the artists career: his initial activity in The Netherlands in the early 1880s, his years in Paris, and his stays in Arles, Saint-Remy, and Auvers-sur-Oise until his death in July 1890.

The significance that the field had for Van Gogh is central to the exhibitions intent, and the degree to which his mind was rooted in the cycles of nature, from sower to reaper, will be considered. So too, stylistic issues associated with the artistic possibilities of his approach to landscape will be explored, from the perspective effects of depth to the accentuation of the canvas surface.

Arguably one of the most widely known artists in the world, Van Goghs stature justifiably continues to grow as more is learned about the man and his art. While his career spanned only a decade, between the ages of 27 and 37, Van Gogh created one of the most important legacies of painting and drawing ever to enrich the world. For Van Gogh all visible phenomena seemed to be endowed with a physical and spiritual vitality. His striking use of color and remarkable technique of thickly applying paint exalted and even immortalized what he chose to depict.

Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime, Red Vineyard at Arles which is now in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, and was little known to the art world at the time of his death. Afterwards, however, his fame grew rapidly. More than a century after his death, Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) has become a legend, and his paintings are icons in the popular imagination. Major funding for VAN GOGH: Fields is provided by KeyBank.

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890),
Wheat Fields With Reaper, Auvers, 1890,
Oil on canvas.
73.6 91.4 cm.
Courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

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