What did Van Gogh mean to the generation of artists after him? This small exhibition of fourteen highlights from the Merzbacher Collection illustrates how he influenced Fauvists and Expressionists.
24 August - 27 November 2016
Vincent van Gogh wrote, in a letter to his brother Theo, ‘Painters, being dead and buried, speak to several following generations through their works.’ And in fact, Van Gogh did become a shining example for many artists after him.
In 1905, the Fauvists in France and the German Expressionists of Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter began searching for ways to make their art more powerful and evocative. They were inspired by Van Gogh's colourful, dynamic and emotionally charged paintings. The personal quality of his work strengthened their desire to express their deepest feelings. These pioneering artists were looking for freedom in form and colour. In their search, they went a step beyond Van Gogh.
Thanks to the generous loan of fourteen of the finest works in the Merzbacher Collection, we can now show what Van Gogh meant to artists such as Henri Matisse and Wassily Kandinsky.
The Gallery Talk for September and October will be about how Van Gogh inspired Expressionist and Fauvist painters. Pure emotion, vivid colour and thick paint – how did they go on from there? This free 30-minute guided tour takes place every Thursday afternoon in September and October at 2:30 pm (in Dutch) and 3:30 pm (in English).
Would you like to learn more about the highlights from the Merzbacher Collection? Curator Renske Suijver will talk about Van Gogh and his influence on artists like Matisse, Derain, Kirchner and Kandinsky. Sunday 4 September from 2 to 3 pm in the auditorium. Admission is free for visitors to the Van Gogh Museum (Dutch spoken).
Become a Fauvist and make your own little patch of wilderness! Come and express your feelings in vivid colours, simple forms and spontaneous brushwork. Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September, 1 pm to 4 pm.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a book that sheds light on how Van Gogh influenced artists in the Merzbacher Collection. This book will become available in the museum and the online shop in late August. Price: € 4.95. Bilingual edition, Dutch/English.