Van Gogh and his inspirations are coming to South Carolina

This October, the Columbia Museum of Art will debut a first-of-its-kind exhibition featuring a collection of 12 Van Gogh masterpieces from museums across the United States of America, presented alongside the work that inspired them.

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Self-Portrait 1887 © Allen Phillips / Wasdworth Atheneum

Called Van Gogh and His Inspirations, the exhibition is organised by the CMA and presented by the Blanchard Family, and includes pieces such as the painting of poppy fields from the National Gallery of Art and the world-famous self-portrait from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Connecticut. From 2001 to 2010, while researching their New York Times bestselling book Van Gogh: The Life, art historians Steven Naifeh and Greg Smith built a collection of over 30 works by artists who influenced Van Gogh’s aesthetic thinking. That collection will hang alongside Van Gogh’s pieces to give visitors a glimpse into the mind of one of the greatest painters of the post-impressionism era.

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Flower Beds in Holland c.1883 © National Gallery of Art, Washington. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Van Gogh and His Inspirations represents an exhilarating high-water mark for exhibitions at the Columbia Museum of Art,” said executive director Della Watkins. “Visitors can expect six galleries full of beautiful work that required years to come together in this place and time. Each work of art speaks to the legacy of Van Gogh. Visitors will discover artists they have never heard of as well as artists they know, and in each case see and feel a connection to Van Gogh.”

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Antonij (Anton) Rudolf Mauve's On The Dunes © Naifeh/Smith Collection

Other works by Van Gogh on show during the exhibition include a painting of a peasant weaving from the Boston Museum of Fine Art, an orchard with Arles in the background on loan from the Hyde Collection in New York and Portrait of a Man with a Pipe from the Toledo Museum of Art. 

Van Gogh and His Inspirations debuts on Friday 4 October and will be on display until Sunday 12 January 2020. Tickets include entry to all of the CMA galleries. More information on visiting is available at the official Columbia Museum of Art website