From “The Starry Night” to “Sunflowers,” the artwork of Vincent van Gogh is known the world over. This May, the artist’s paintings are heading to Ottawa for the first major exhibition of his work in Canada in more than 25 years.
Entitled “Van Gogh: Up Close,” this exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada offers the opportunity to see the Dutch artist’s work in person at the show’s only Canadian venue. Running from May 25 to Sept. 3, the exhibition will highlight more than 40 paintings from private and public collections around the world, as well as a selection of Japanese woodblock prints, 19th century photographs, and works on paper — many of which have rarely been shown publicly. The exhibition will delve into Van Gogh’s love of nature and his incredible talent for interpreting the world around him and creating something beautiful in response. You will see how the painter often departed from traditional painting techniques, opting instead for bright colours, modernized brushstroke, and experimentation with depth of field and focus that brought subjects into the foreground (or “up close”). The works he created before his death at just 37 years old ranged from still lifes to portraits to landscapes, and changed the course of modern painting forever.
Tickets $25; seniors: $22; students: $15; youths (12 to 19): $10. 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985.