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Van Gogh: A family portrait in Amsterdam

From 10 February to 10 April 2023, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam presents the exhibition “Choosing Vincent. Portrait of a Family History

Source: Van Gogh Museum · Image: Vincent van Gogh, ‘Almond Blossom’ (1890) which Vincent painted as a present on the event of the beginning of his nephew and namesake Vincent, son of Theo and Jo. /  Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

The Van Gogh Museum celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2023, and is kicking off this anniversary 12 months with a tribute to the Van Gogh household. Without the unconditional assist that the household supplied Vincent, the museum merely wouldn’t have existed.

The exhibition “Choosing Vincent. Portrait of a Family History” tells the story of the Van Gogh household, which has not acquired the eye it deserves. This story is punctuated with doubt, setbacks, satisfaction and triumph. From 10 February 2023, many masterpieces and fewer well-known gems present and inform how a private household assortment grew to change into a world-famous museum assortment.

Shortly after Vincent van Gogh’s passing in 1890, his beloved brother Theo additionally dies. Theo’s spouse Jo van Gogh-Bonger is crushed and left behind with their son Vincent. As a younger widow, Jo faces an necessary selection: what’s she to do together with her brother-in-law’s huge assortment of work, drawings, prints and letters, and the gathering of artwork by contemporaries compiled by Theo and Vincent?

Jo decides to proceed pursuing Theo’s dream of selling Vincent’s artwork. She passionately devotes the remainder of her life to preserving and elevating consciousness of Van Gogh’s work. What if Jo had not plunged herself into this mission? And what if her son Vincent hadn’t taken the initiative to discovered the Van Gogh Museum?

The exhibition “Choosing Vincent. Portrait of a Family History” introduces guests to the moments within the lives of Vincent, Theo, Jo and their son Vincent (often known as ‘the engineer’) which have helped decide the course of historical past.



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