Van Gogh Texas-Bound

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By - January 12, 2019
Killing Vincent cover © Edwind Kobobel

Killing Vincent cover © Edwind Kobobel

This spring, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will host “Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art.” The retrospective is arranged to lead visitors on a journey beginning with the artist’s early sketches on to his most well-known paintings. Van Gogh’s foray into life as an artist began at the age of 27, following unsuccessful attempts to launch careers as an art dealer, teacher, bookseller and minister. Mostly self-taught, he was encouraged by his brother Theo to seriously explore his artistic talents — resulting in masterworks, including “Starry Night” and “Irises.”

Embracing more than 50 portraits, landscapes and still life, the Houston exhibition is presented in collaboration with The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo. “Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art” will be on view March 10–June 27, in the Audrey Jones Beck Building.

Before you go, pick up a copy of Killing Vincent, The Man, The Myth and the Murder (Nostradamus and the 3 Maestros Productions, 2018) by I. Kaufman Arenberg, MD. This riveting analysis of the death of one of the world’s most famous artists raises a host of questions about the validity of the suicide verdict reached following his death by gunshot wound in July of 1890. Arenberg’s research into the cold case evidence suggests the artist may have actually been murdered, with an elaborate cover-up that left the world believing van Gogh took his own life.