Van Gogh Repetitions to open March 2, Cleveland Museum of Art

Van Gogh Repetitions to open March 2, Cleveland Museum of Art
Van Gogh, age 18 (Source: Wiki commons)
Van Gogh, age 18 (Source: Wiki commons)

The first Cleveland exhibition in over 50 years devoted to Van Gogh opens Sunday March 2 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This collection is hailed to look beneath the surface of some of his best-known works.

Among the featured works are two versions of The Arlésienne (1888) and five versions of The Postman Joseph Roulin (1888-1889).

Répétitions is the term the Van Gogh used to describe his practice of creating additional versions or variations of his own compositions and seeks to give audiences a deeper understanding of his working methods.

"Our research reveals that Van Gogh was a far more complex and nuanced artist than the popular stereotype suggests," observes William Robinson, curator of Modern European Art. "By comparing works painted from life with the repetitions produced in the studio, the exhibition challenges the popular caricature of Van Gogh as an artist who always painted in a flurry of overheated emotion.

The exhibition brings together more than 30 paintings and works on paper from some of the world's most renowned collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum (both in New York), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

Repetitions will be on view March 2 to May 26, 2014.

Tickets are $20 and includes admission into Remaking Tradition: Modern Art of Japan from the Tokyo National Museum. 

You can call 216-421-7350 to reserve yours.

Museum members can enjoy the previews from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, and from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.

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