MAKING VAN GOGH. A GERMAN LOVE STORY

23 October 2019 to 16 February 2020

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MAKING VAN GOGH: A GERMAN LOVE STORY
23 OCTOBER 2019 TO 16 FEBRUARY 2020
#MakingVanGogh

From 23 October 2019 to 16 February 2020, the Städel Museum is devoting an extensive exhibition to the painter Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). It focuses on the creation of the “legend of Van Gogh” around 1900 as well as his significance to modern art in Germany. Featuring 50 of his key works, it is the most comprehensive presentation in Germany to include works by the painter for nearly 20 years.

MAKING VAN GOGH addresses the special role that gallery owners, museums, private collectors and art critics played in Germany in the early twentieth century for the posthumous reception of Van Gogh as the “father of modern art”. Just less than 15 years after his death, in this country Van Gogh was perceived as one of the most important precursor of modern painting. Van Gogh’s life and work attracted broad and lasting public interest. His art was collected in Germany unusually early. By 1914 there was an enormous number of works by Van Gogh, around 150 in total, in private and public German collections. At the same time, German artists began to vigorously examine his works. Van Gogh’s painting became a model and a substantial source of inspiration in particular for the young Expressionists. The emergence of modernism in Germany is hardly conceivable without his art.

Van Gogh’s success story is closely connected with the Städel. With the support of the Städelscher Museums-Verein, in 1908 it was one of the first museums to purchase works by the Dutch artist for assembling a modern art collection: the painting Farmhouse in Nuenen (1885) and the drawing Peasant Woman Planting Potatoes (1885). Three years later, the Portrait of Dr Gachet (1890), one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, was bought for the museum’s collection.

The exhibition is supported by the Franz Dieter und Michaela Kaldewei Kulturstiftung and the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

In three comprehensive chapters, the exhibition deals with the development and impact of the “legend of Van Gogh” in Germany. How did it come about that Van Gogh became so popular especially in Germany? Who championed his oeuvre, and how did artists respond to it? The exhibition presents Van Gogh as a pivotal figure for art of the German avant-garde. It makes an important contribution to understand the development of art in Germany at the beginning of the twentieth century.

The Städel unites more than 120 paintings and works on paper in the exhibition. 50 key works by Vincent van Gogh from all of his creative phases constitute the core of the exhibition. On view are outstanding loans from private collections and leading museums world-wide. 70 works by German artists exemplify Van Gogh’s influence and impact on the subsequent generation. These include works by well-known artists such as Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Alexej von Jawlensky, Paula Modersohn-Becker or Gabriele Münter as well as by others whose artistic positions could be rediscovered, including Peter August Böckstiegel, Theo von Brockhusen, Heinrich Nauen or Elsa Tischner-von Durant.

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Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Self-Portrait, 1887
Oil on artists board, mounted on cradled panel, 41 x 32.5 cm
© The Art Institute of Chicago, Joseph Winterbotham Collection, 1954.326

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Self-Portrait, 1887

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888
Oil on canvas, 65 x 81.5 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
© Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer,1888

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Farmhouse in Provence, 1888
Oil on canvas, 46.1 x 60.90 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
© National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alisa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.34

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Farmhouse in Provence, 1888

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Farmhouse in Nuenen, 1885
Oil on canvas, 60 x 85 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Property of the Städelsche Museums-Verein e.V.
© Städel Museum - U. Edelmann

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Farmhouse in Nuenen, 1885

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Portrait of Dr Gachet, 1890
Etching in red, 18.3 x 15.1 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Foto: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Portrait of Dr Gachet, 1890

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Pollard Willows at Sunset, 1888
Oil on canvas on cardboard, 31.6 cm x 34.3 cm
© Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Pollard willows at sunset, 1888

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Haystacks, 1888
Pencil, brown ink, reed pen on paper, 24.1 x 31.9 cm
© Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Haystacks,1888

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Augustine Roulin (Rocking a Cradle), 1889
Oil on canvas, 91 x 71.5 cm
© Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), Augustine Roulin (Rocking a Cradle), 1889

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
The Poplars at Saint-Rémy, 1889
Oil on canvas, 61.6 x 45.7 cm
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., 1958.32
Photo: Courtesy The Cleveland Museum of Art

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), The Poplars at Saint-Rémy,1888

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
The Sower (after Millet), 1890
Oil on canvas, 64 x 55 cm
© Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) The sower (after Millet), 1890

Peter August Böckstiegel (1889-1951)
Self-Portrait, 1913
Oil on canvas, 48 x 38.5 cm
© Peter-August-Böckstiegel-Stiftung, Werther (Westf.)

Peter August Böckstiegel (1889-1951) Self-Portrait, 1913

Otto Dix (1891-1969)
Sunrise, 1913
Oil on cardboard, 50.5 x 66 cm
© Städtische Galerie Dresden – Kunstsammlung
Museen der Stadt Dresden
Photo: Herbert Boswank
Acquired 2012 with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung and the Rudolf-August Oetker Stiftung

Otto Dix (1891-1969), Sunrise, 1913

Judith Gérard at all (1881-1954)
Copy after Van Goghs Self-Portrait for Gauguin, 1897/98
Oil on canvas, 61 x 50 cm
© Sammlung Emil Bührle, Zürich

Judith Gérard at all (1881-1954), Copy after van Gogh's Self-Portrait for Gauguin, 1897/98

Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907)
Woman from the Poorhouse with Glass Globe and Poppies, 1907
Oil on canvas, 96.3 x 80.2 cm
Museen Böttcherstraße, Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen
© Museen Böttcherstraße

Paula Modersohn-Becker, Woman from the Poorhouse with Glass Globe and Poppies, 1907

Wilhelm Morgner (1891-1917)
The Tree, 1911
Oil on canvas, 60 x 86 cm
© Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Soest
Photo: Thomas Drebusch

Wilhelm Morgner (1891-1917), The Tree, 1911

Gabriele Münter (1877-1962)
Alley in front of a Mountain, 1909
Oil on artists board on panel, 49 x 50 cm
Private collection, Southern Germany
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
© Galerie Thomas, München

Gabriele Münter (1877-1962), Alley in front of a mountain, 1909

Dr. Alexander Eiling
Curator, Head of the Department of Modern Art
Städel Museum
Foto: Peter Jülich

Dr. Alexander Eiling, Curator, Head of the Department of Modern Art, Städel Museum

Dr. Felix Krämer
Curator, Director General, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
Photo: Andreas Endermann

Dr. Felix Krämer, Curator, Director General, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view MAKING VAN GOGH

Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view MAKING VAN GOGH

Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view MAKING VAN GOGH

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Ausstellungsansicht MAKING VAN GOGH

Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view MAKING VAN GOGH

Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view MAKING VAN GOGH

Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view MAKING VAN GOGH

Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view MAKING VAN GOGH

Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view MAKING VAN GOGH

Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view MAKING VAN GOGH

Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view MAKING VAN GOGH
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