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"Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art" at the MFA Houston

Spring Daytrip to Houston

June 1 and 15, 2019


The MFAH is the only venue for this major survey that brings together more than 50 masterworks by one of the most iconic artists in the history of Western art. Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art follows Van Gogh (1853–1890) through four key stages of his career, from early sketches to final paintings.

Few artists left behind as complete a diary of life and work as Van Gogh, whose decade-long career as an artist began when he took up painting in 1881. Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art highlights the artist’s early years in the Netherlands; his luminous period in Paris; his search for light and color in the South of France; and his exploration of nature as a source of enduring inspiration in Saint-Rémy and Auvers.


The exhibition showcases portraits, landscapes, and still lifes drawn primarily from the collections of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands.


Here's what we did:

Start at the Menil Collection to visit the new center for drawings

Walk over to the University of St. Thomas St. Basil Chapel, designed by architect Philip Johnson

Special tour of the chapel and luminous recessed Stations of the Cross

Lunch at Houston favorite, Ouisie's Table

Tour the van Gogh exhibition with time for the permanent collection; Karen's suggestion: Beck Collection (Beck Building upstairs)


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