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Van Gogh in America
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)
Self-Portrait, 1887
Oil on artist board, mounted to wood panel

13 3/4” x 10 1/2” (34.9 x 26.7 cm)

Detroit Institute of Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, 22.13

Bank of America is honored to sponsor the exhibition Van Gogh in America, currently on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts through January 22, 2023. This major exhibition celebrates the museum’s centennial status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh, his Self-Portrait, 1887. Featuring the largest number of works by the artist presented at any United States venue in more than twenty years, Van Gogh in America brings together a collection of 74 paintings, drawings and prints from museums and private collections worldwide.

The exhibition is organized in a narrative fashion and features works in a chronology spanning nine galleries, allowing viewers to discover the role that early promoters of Modernism—including dealers, collectors, private art organizations, public institutions and the artist’s family—played in van Gogh’s gradual rise to prominence among American audiences.

The American public first encountered the work of van Gogh, a relative unknown, in 1913 at the International Exhibition of Modern Art, known as the Armory Show, in New York, where it appeared alongside works by more than 300 national and international artists. Van Gogh’s art would appear in more than fifty group shows in the United States before receiving the recognition afforded by a solo exhibition. In 1935, that exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, attracted more than 100,000 visitors.

Among the significant highlights of the exhibition are Self-Portrait, 1887; Van Gogh’s Chair, 1888; Starry Night (Starry Night over the Rhône), 1888; L’Arlésienne: Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux, 1888–1889; The Bedroom, 1889; and The Olive Trees, 1889.

Also on view are select works by van Gogh’s contemporaries Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin and twentieth-century European and American artists Raoul Dufy, Henri Matisse, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes and Joseph Stella.

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