After more than sixty years, Van Gogh returns to Milan with a major exhibition at the Palazzo Reale. Most of the paintings and drawings are from the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands, with additional works coming from many international museums.
For the first time in Milan some of Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces are on display, including Self Portrait (1887), Landscape with Wheat Sheaves and Rising Moon (1889), Portrait of Joseph Roulin (1889) and Still Life With a Plate of Onions (1889).
The theme of the exhibition focuses on the different phases of rural life, marked by the plowing, sowing and harvesting, which are all symbols of the human effort to dominate the cycles of nature. The result is a complex dialogue between the human being and the nature that surrounds him.
The exhibition explores the evolution of Van Gogh’s painting through his early work, his meeting with the Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism of Seurat and Signac, and ending with his Arles period.