Van Gogh and Gauguin – Reality and Imagination

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

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Vincent Van Gogh(1853-1890), inspired by the world around him, endeavored to transcribe reality through powerful brushwork and bright colors. Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), employing decorative color fields, sought to evince in paintings a world invisible to the eye. Van Gogh, a minister’s son raised in a religious family, and Gauguin, who spent his early childhood in Peru, differed in upbringing, character and expressive style, yet they lived together for two months in Arles, southern France in 1888. Evaluating one another’s work and, at times, arguing heatedly, they found artistic stimulus. This exhibition will trace each artist’s independent development — from their early careers to their cohabitation in Arles and separate paths thereafter — and examine the influences they had upon one another.

[Related Event]
Lecture “Van Gogh and Gauguin – Reality and Imagination”
Speaker: Sjraarr van Heugten (art historian, supervisor of this exhibition)
Date: Oct. 8 (Sat) 14:00–15:30
Please see the official website for details.



from October 08, 2016 to December 18, 2016
Open until 20:00 on Fridays, October 22nd, November 2nd, November 3rd, November 5th. Closed on Mondays and October 11th.



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