15 November 2010
Van Gogh back in Rome after 20 years
“Vincent Van Gogh. Campagna senza tempo e città moderna“, a new art exhibition dedicated to the great Dutch painter, is housed in Rome at the Vittoriano. Sixty works sided by other thirty paintings by Gauguin, Cezanne, Pissarro, Millet, Seraut.
The presentation, edited by Cornelia Homburg, a leading expert on the painter – dead by suicide on July 28, 1980 – opened its doors at the Vittoriano complex in Rome, and it is one of the most important events for the Capital during this period.
The art exhibition, as suggested by the same title, has two main topics: the city and the countryside. The exhibited works come from the most important museums of the world, as the Louvre, the Tate in London, MoMA in New York, and come with some works by other great artists that inspired Van Gogh, including Gauguin and Cezanne.
This is a very rich and fascinating exhibition, in which the ‘urban’ and ‘country’ works by the artist are explored and described by professional guides. The paintings cover the artistic evolution of Van Gogh, attracted by the elements of nature, such as flowers, fields, countrymen, mills, forests and so on, as well as by the city life, cafés, streets, narrow streets under starry vaults, the bridges of Paris, all symbols of the modernity that the artist loved and feared at the same time.
The aim of the Van Gogh exhibition is to exceed in number the 500 thousand visitors of the previous exhibition on works by Caravaggio. The exhibition is accompanied by some controversy over the authenticity of some works on display, such as ‘Portrait of Madame Augustine Roulin and Baby Marcelle’.
Photo by MicheleLovesArt