Van Gogh's Iris: Masterpiece in Focus exclusively at the National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Canada - January 13, 1999
The National Gallery of Canada is pleased to announce the exclusive world-wide presentation of Van Gogh's Iris: Masterpiece in Focus, opening 11 June and continuing until 19 September 1999. This highly-focused exhibition will unite a select group of eight to ten paintings and works on paper, and will examine the development and significance of the Iris motif in Van Gogh's work during his hospitalization in 1889 in Saint-Rémy, in the south of France. It will feature a thematic selection of Van Gogh's finest masterpieces from prestigious museums around the world.
In addition to the National Gallery of Canada's own masterpiece Iris, 1889, the exhibition will include the magnificent painting Irises, 1889, from the J. Paul Getty Museum, renowned for its ambitious composition and vivid beauty. Additional works are being selected from major collections in London, Washington and New York.
" Vincent Van Gogh is celebrated as one of the most beloved painters in history. Although he received little recognition for his art during his lifetime, his paintings today are among some of the best-known and admired works of art in the world," said Pierre Théberge, Director, National Gallery of Canada. " This exhibition provides an exceptional opportunity to present our own masterpiece Iris in context and to show the evolution of a particular motif in Van Gogh's work through a superb selection of loans."
" What is unique about this show is that it gives visitors an opportunity to view a carefully selected group of Van Goghs that explore a particular theme. Ottawa will be the only venue for this show, " added Colin Bailey, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, National Gallery of Canada. " The exhibition is sure to be a must-see event."
Van Gogh's Iris: Masterpiece in Focus will be presented concurrently with the Gallery's major Daumier exhibition, which will be on view from 4 June to 6 September.
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