Van Gogh in Rome at Palazzo Bonaporte

Van Gogh in Rome,  Exhibition at Palazzo Bonaparte, in the historic building between piazza Venezia and via del Corso, the event exhibition of the famous artist is hosted until 26/3/2023 with 50 of his works.


From the passionate relationship with the dark landscapes of youth to the sacred study of land work, figures emerge who act in a severe everyday life such as the siiner, the potato pickers, the weavers, the woodcutters, the women intent on domestic tasks or tired of transporting sacks of coal or to dig the ground; attitudes of awkward sweetness, expressiveness of faces, fatigue understood as an inescapable destiny.

All of these are an expression of the greatness and intense relationship with the truth of Van Gogh’s world.
Particular emphasis is given to the period of his stay in Paris in which Van Gogh dedicated himself to an accurate research of color in the Impressionist wake and to a new freedom in the choice of subjects, with the conquest of a more immediate and chromatically vibrant language.

His interest in human physiognomy also strengthened, also decisive in the creation of a large series of self-portraits, the will to leave a trace of himself and the conviction of having acquired a much greater fruitfulness in technical experience than in the past.
From this period is the Self-portrait with a blue background with green touches from 1887, present in the exhibition, where the artist’s image is silhouetted in three quarters, the penetrating gaze directed at the viewer shows an unusual pride, not so evident in the complex strings of Van Gogh’s art. The rapid strokes of the brush, the strokes of color spread side by side give news of the ability to penetrate through the image an idea of oneself tumultuous, of a dismaying complexity.
The immersion in the light and warmth of the south, starting from 1887, generates even greater openings towards chromatic excesses and the chromaticism and the strength of the stroke are reflected in the rendering of nature. So here comes the image of The Sower made in Arles in June 1888, with which Van Gogh warns that such an expressive sphere can only be reached through a metaphysical use of color.
And so The Garden of the Hospital at Saint-Rémy (1889) takes on the aspect of an intricate tumult, while the descent of a Ravine (1889) seems to swallow up all hope and the representation of a Desperate Old Man (1890) becomes the image of a fatal despair.

With the patronage of the Lazio Region, the Municipality of Rome – Department of Culture and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the exhibition is produced by Arthemisia, created in collaboration with the Kröller Müller Museum of Otterlo and is curated by Maria Teresa Benedetti and Francesca Villanti.
The exhibition sees as main sponsor Acea, sponsor Generali Valore Cultura, special partner Ricola, mobility partner Atac and Frecciarossa Treno Ufficiale, media partner Urban Vision and is recommended by Sky Arte. The catalog is published by Skira.

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Credits@ Arthemisia | Mostre Palazzo Bonaparte | Roma

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