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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Immersive Van Gogh Might Be Cool and All but the Cleveland Museum of Art Has a Free, Special Installation With Actual Van Goghs, Including Two Masterworks

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 8:03 AM

click to enlarge Two Poplars in the Alpilles near Saint-Rémy, 1889. Vincent van Gogh - COURTESY CMA
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  • Two Poplars in the Alpilles near Saint-Rémy, 1889. Vincent van Gogh

The Cleveland Museum of Art has a free, special installation of four Vincent Van Gogh works, including two masterpieces, now on display in the Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Gallery. While the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit, which has drawn mixed reviews so far, draws attention, the art museum saw an opportunity to remind folks that its offerings are both free and feature the actual work of the artist.

“With the public’s recent increased interest in Vincent van Gogh, we wanted to take this opportunity to showcase a selection of real masterworks by the artist,” said William M. Griswold, director of the CMA. “We look forward to welcoming our visitors to this free installation.”

The pieces on display in the museum include The Large Plane Trees (Road Menders at Saint-Rémy), 1889;  Two Poplars in the Alpilles near Saint-Rémy, 1889, and “Landscape with Wheelbarrow,” an early watercolor piece by the artist and an etching of a homeopathic physician van Gogh was seeing, Dr. Gachet who was a friend of Pissarro and Paul Cézanne, at Auvers-sur-Oise.

From the CMA press release:

“Dr. Gachet” is the only etching the artist created. The artist placed himself under the care of Dr. Gachet in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small village on the northern outskirts of Paris, at the recommendation of fellow artist Camille Pissarro. The doctor was himself an amateur printmaker and gave Van Gogh a varnished copper plate, helping him to print it on his own small hand press. For his first attempt, Van Gogh depicted Gachet seated in his garden smoking a pipe.

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