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Van Gogh's Van Goghs
Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
October 4, 1998 – January 3, 1999
West Building Main Floor

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 72 paintings were included in the exhibition, the largest survey of Van Gogh's art presented outside the Netherlands in more than 25 years. 70 of the paintings were on loan from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, during its renovation. Included were such well-known works as Potato Eaters (1885), The Bedroom (1888), Self-Portrait as an Artist (1888), Harvest (1888), and Wheatfield with Crows.

Free, timed passes were required to enter the exhibition. Beginning August 20, advance passes were distributed by TicketMaster and at the Gallery. These were exhausted within a few days. During the exhibition, a limited number of same-day passes were distributed at the West Building pass desk in the Rotunda. Lines for these tickets formed well before the museum opened to the public, and on weekends and holidays well before dawn. On most days, same-day passes were distributed before noon.

Programs exploring diverse aspects of Van Gogh's career included lectures, a concert of music by composers who were Van Gogh's contemporaries, and a series of biographical and documentary films on the artist.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Philip Conisbee, senior curator of European paintings, National Gallery of Art, was curator.

Sponsor: Support from Andersen Consulting made the exhibition in Washington possible. The exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 480,496

Catalog: Van Goghs Van Goghs: Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, by Richard Kendall, with contributions by John Leighton and Sjraar van Heugten. Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1998.

Brochure: Van Gogh's Van Goghs: Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, by Isabelle Dervaux. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1998.

Other Venues: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, January 17–April 4, 1999

Image: Vincent van Gogh, Roulin's Baby, 1888, oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection, 1963.10.31

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