The Dayton Art Institute’s (DAI) latest Focus Exhibition, Van Gogh & European Landscapes, offers the Dayton region a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a remarkable pair of Van Gogh paintings, on loan to the museum from Switzerland. The DAI-exclusive exhibition opened earlier this month and continues through September 4.
Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, and the DAI will celebrate the artist’s birthday with a special museum admission discount on March 30 & 31. Mention Van Gogh’s birthday at the museum’s Guest Services Desk on either day and get $5 off one regular adult admission. The museum is open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on March 30 and 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on March 31.
Regular museum general admission is $15 adults; $10 seniors (60+), active military and groups (10 or more); $5 students (18+ w/ID) and youth (ages 7–17); and free for children (ages 6 & younger). Admission includes access to the exhibitions Van Gogh & European Landscapes, Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms and Fired Imagination: Ancient Chinese Ceramics from the Nancy and Ed Rosenthal Family Collection, as well as the museum collection galleries.
“It is a true joy to experience real paintings by Vincent van Gogh in person and to see why he is considered the world’s most famous artist,” said Jerry N. Smith, Chief Curator and Director of Education. “You can see the vibrancy, the rich color and thick brush strokes that highlight his late paintings. In addition, you get to see his paintings alongside the works of several of the artists Van Gogh personally admired.”
The paintings of Vincent van Gogh are beloved and instantly recognized the world over for their brilliant color and bold brushwork. Despite his untimely death at the age of thirty-seven, Van Gogh worked intensely until the very end. The pair of landscape paintings in this exhibition were made in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, in July 1890, the final month of Van Gogh’s life. They are vibrant images that feature his signature style of thick dashes of color and quickly applied swirls made with a loaded brush.
This intimate Focus Exhibition also includes works by Charles Francois Daubigny, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Joseph Mallord William Turner, John Constable and others.
“This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view two Van Gogh paintings that are rarely seen outside Europe, and we are honored to be able to host them here in Dayton for the next few months,” said DAI Director & CEO, Michael R. Roediger. “Don’t miss the chance to see works in person, as well as the outstanding Special Exhibition Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms, another DAI exclusive, which is on view through May 22.”
For more information about current and upcoming exhibitions at the DAI, visitwww.daytonartinstitute.org/exhibitions.