Gauguin – Van Gogh. The adventure of the new color

21 October 2005 – 19 March 2006 | Brescia, Museo di Santa Giulia

curated by M. Goldin

Not easy to find, in Italy, in the exhibition history of the last decades, a show that has in it, such as this, the signs of the magnitude is so strong for both the two names that illustrate both the works that will be convened. Gauguin and Van Gogh, of course along with Cézanne and Monet, the fathers of so much twentieth-century painting. Painters that will be recounted in Brescia, with many of their masterpieces in two real monographic exhibitions, but parallel to illustrate the evolution of the respective paths and points of tangency that have become direct contact within two months of Arles at the end of 1888 . Evident that great emphasis will be given to Gauguin, Tahitian in his time, as well as for Van Gogh, great importance will be the time spent in Arles and Saint-Rémy, where he finally cemented his amazing adherence to a new color. The exhibition consists of about 100 paintings and marks the second chapter just a great story that shows the color in Brescia want to track, choosing about that time that elapses between the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Gauguin and Van Gogh are, with clear evidence, a fundamental reference in the perception and exaltation of color, so that their research has suffered long been used by many twentieth-century painting. But the exhibition will not only focus on the two months of cohabitation suffered by Gauguin and Van Gogh in Arles, but rather reconstruct the whole story, biographical and pictorial, the two artists, indicating the direction of their march from the first practice to the last. Believing should make known to the Italian public, which rarely has been able to do so, the full development of their work, and through the comparison is in the distance that separated these two lives. So anyway, have equal dignity Dutch paintings of Van Gogh than those of Arles, Saint-Rémy and Auvers, just to check, step by step, the intensity of the color changes. And in the same way Gauguin, which will obviously be told through his famous time spent across the ocean, but also live in the Parisian atmosphere in the Breton, in the Provence. Everything in the exhibition will help to trace the sense of a long history that so largely changed the course of painting simultaneous.