If it is possible to trace the life of a man through what he has left for posterity, it is definitely worth doing so when it comes to Vincent Van Gogh.
An exhibition, perhaps the most eagerly awaited of the year, at the Palazzo Bonaparte in Rome, running from 8 October 2022, tells us about the artist’s life through his most famous works, including the iconic Self-Portrait (1887).
From his passionate relationship with the dark landscapes of his youth, to his devoted study of the land and its workers, we find figures living in harsh conditions, such as sowers, potato gatherers, weavers, woodcutters, women intent on domestic tasks or fatigued from carrying sacks of coal or digging the ground – attitudes of awkward gentleness, expressive faces, with fatigue understood as their inescapable destiny.
On the eve of the 170th anniversary of his birth on 30 March 1853, 50 works from the prestigious Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo celebrate the greatness and intense relationship with truth of the world’s most famous painter.
The exhibition is produced by Arthemisia and curated by Maria Teresa Benedetti and Francesca Villanti, with the patronage of the Lazio Region, the Comune di Roma – Assessorato alla Cultura and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.