Basel, Kunstmuseum Basel

This is a unique opportunity to survey Van Gogh’s genius, exclusively through his landscape work. Seventy paintings are united – hailing from the Honolulu Academy of Arts, The Courtauld Gallery in London, MoMA in New York and elsewhere – for the world’s first comprehensive collection of Van Gogh’s landscape paintings, including a few key works that are lesser known to the general public.

The trajectory of his career and life is illustrated in the way he adorns his horizons, from the earth tones of his early Dutch work to the more luminous and expanded techniques upon his arrival in France (notably, the intense and heightened hues effected in Arles) and his later career in Saint-Rémy and Northern France.

The exhibition is organized to reflect the cycles and forms of his work that, in turn, had aimed to express his own unique sensibility to nature’s seasonal subtleties. It is a complete vista of Van Gogh’s tortured spirit, and the landscapes of his time that personified it.


April 27 through September 27, 2009
St. Alban-Graben 8
CH-4010 Basel
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