Vincent van Gogh's exploration of the seasons is an important one, a subject that allegedly had profound meaning for the post-impressionist artist. For van Gogh, the subject represented change, the circle of life - birth, bloom, maturity and death. Next year, the National Gallery of Victoria will be putting this on show with the world-first exhibition, "Van Gogh and the Seasons."
With over 40 paintings and 25 drawings, the exhibition will feature works, many of which have never been to Australian shores before, from the collections of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the two museums which hold the largest and second largest collection of the artist's work worldwide.
Curated by Sjraar van Heugten, the former head of collections at the Van Gogh Museum, "Van Gogh and the Seasons" will look at the Dutch artist's life, loves, and experiences through nature's hourglass. This ranges from images depicting the locations van Gogh's most defining moments - from his birthplace in Brabant, to Arles, where he experienced his most defining period of creativity; Saint-Rémy de Provence, where he was treated for mental illness and the place where he committed suicide in 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise.
Accompanying the exhibition will be a program of talks, tours, events, live music, food , performances and children's education.
Van Gogh and the Seasons will run April 28- July 9, 2017, http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/