A sneak peek at Becoming Van Gogh


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Despite the semblance of his most famous works, Vincent van Gogh was actually a very well-rounded artist with more emotional and technical variety than one expects. Throughout his career, van Gogh experimented with darker palettes, classical figure drawing and incorporating Japanese compositions and style. As a result, his work achieved a beautiful range of moods, from deep melancholia to sunny content to quiet, detached reflection.

Illustrating this is the idea behind the Denver Art Museum's Becoming Van Gogh, which opens Oct. 21. "The exhibition examines critical steps in the evolution of the largely self-taught artist through more than 70 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, along with works by artists he responded to," goes the press release.

This study ultimately shows not only the how, but the why behind van Gogh's unique style, and perhaps a better appreciation for van Gogh's genius. Because whether you like him or not, there's no confusing his work with anyone else's. And that it didn't happen upon him serendipitously, tortured savant-like, but through years of practice and research — learning the rules before he bent them.

The DAM is the sole venue for the show, having been organized by its own Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture. The works themselves hail from over 60 public and private collections in Europe and North America. Highlights include two self-portraits from 1887 (one shown below), a watercolor, a lithograph (of his famous "The Potato Eaters"), and works by his influences: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Signac and Emile Bernard. Here's what's coming:

Self Portrait with Grey Felt Hat

Courtesan After Eisen

Landscape Under a Stormy Sky

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