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Van Gogh in the United States

Feb 6, 2023

Exhibits of the painter Vincent Van Gogh have been shown recently in Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and New York. Shows of the painter’s life and work are opening at museums in other parts of the U.S. in 2023.

One hundred ten years ago, on February 17, 1913, Van Gogh was first exhibited in the U.S. at the New York Armory show of modern painters.

Perhaps Van Gogh’s most famous painting is “The Starry Night.” His “Sunflowers” painting is used on everything from bags to calendars to T-shirts to posters, and in all kinds of advertising.

But in his life-time Van Gogh never sold any of his paintings. Although raised in an artistic family, he tried to make his living as a preacher to the poor. By age 27, he had moved to Paris to try painting, and became immersed in the new artistic movement of the time, called impressionism. He took his own life in despair 10 years later in 1890.

It is ironic that in the last 20 years some Van Gogh paintings have sold for amounts from 50 to 83 million dollars, money he never saw a fraction of. Major art museums all over the world feature his works. Don’t miss these shows if they come to a city near you!