Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night
New York, The Museum of Modern Art


One of the challenges that the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) set himself was how to portray the night in his pictorial compositions. This quest followed on from how the Impressionists had sought to evoke movement and the changing hues of light. This exhibition brings together Van Gogh's paintings made at twilight, midnight and in artificially lit interiors, revealing how Van Gogh mastered the variations in color tones with his brushes.

The masterpieces include "The Starry Night", showing swirling clouds, brightly shining stars and an orange moon in a circle of yellow against a deep blue sky above a hamlet, the landscape view dominated by trees. By contrast, "The Starry Night over the Rhône" depicts a foggy scene with evening lights reflected in long lines in the river. We also love the portrait of the poet Eugène Boch against a midnight blue sky.

The exhibition is traveling to Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, from February 13 through to June 7, 2009.

September 21, 2008, through to January 5, 2009
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