CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Van Gogh and the colors of the night

Exhibition: 21 September 2008 - 5 January 2009

Museum online exhibition

From the museum website, 26 December 2008

Throughout his career, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) attempted the paradoxical task of representing night by light. His procedure followed the trend set by the Impressionists of “translating” visual light effects with various color combinations. At the same time, this concern was grafted onto Van Gogh’s desire to interweave the visual and the metaphorical in order to produce fresh and deeply original works of art. These different artistic concerns found themselves powerfully bound together in Van Gogh’s nocturnal and twilight paintings and drawings. This exhibition will present new insight into Van Gogh’s depictions of night landscapes, interior scenes, and the effects of both gaslight and natural light on their surroundings. Representing all periods of the artist’s career, the exhibition will comprise over two dozen works of superlative quality—several of which have never been seen together, even though they were very clearly conceived with each other in mind. This exhibition will be shown at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, February 13–June 7, 2009. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.


Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman
The Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust
David Teiger
An indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities
Additional funding is provided by The Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

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