Art-lovers planning romantic London getaways this autumn should take note that come the end of September, they’ll be able to visit a major new exhibition of works by the Post-Impressionist master Vincent van Gogh.
Gallery Eykyn Maclean has announced that ‘Van Gogh in Paris’ – which explores the two-year period the artist spent among the likes of Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin – will run for two months between September 26th and November 29th.
“This exhibition explores Van Gogh at his most pivotal moment,” according to gallery owner Nicholas Maclean.
As he admired the innovations of his contemporaries, whom he referred to as the artists of ‘le Grand Boulevard’, Van Gogh began to radically rethink his own painting style. His earlier career had been dominated by dark, sombre works, but after two years living in Paris he’d moved toward the brighter colours and more expressive subjects for which he’s better known today.
Maclean concludes: “The works in the show, each a masterpiece in its own right, together display the range of subject matter and techniques with which Van Gogh experimented during these years.”
Many of Eykyn Maclean’s exhibits are loans from private collections and are rarely shown publicly, so fans of the Dutch artist should find there’s plenty to appreciate that they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to see.
An early self-portrait, borrowed from the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, shows an early instance of Van Gogh using an uncannily bright red to colour his beard; meanwhile, one of the exhibition’s more iconic hangings is a famous still-life of the artist’s shoes.
These Van Gogh paintings are accompanied by a carefully curated selection of pieces by his Parisian contemporaries, including paintings by Monet and Pissarro. Furthermore, visitors will be able to see a handful of works by the Japanese printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige – another major influence of the artist’s.
Admission to the Eykyn Maclean gallery is free, but those wishing to attend the exhibition this autumn will need to book their slots in advance. This can be achieved through the institution’s website.