Van Gogh: Still Lifes

Van Gogh: Still Lifes

26 October 2019 - 2 February 2020

From October 2019, the Barberini Museum in Potsdam will be showing still life works by the Dutch painter.

  • Van Gogh. Stillleben© Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Niederlande
    Vincent van Gogh, "Still-life with a plate of onions"
  • Van Gogh. Stillleben© The Art Institute of Chicago
    Vincent van Gogh, Grapes, lemons, pears and apples (1887)
  • Van Gogh. Stillleben© National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
    Vincent van Gogh, Still life with oranges and lemons with blue gloves (1889)
For the first time, a van Gogh exhibition will focus exclusively on the still life genre of his art. In the extensive work of the painter and illustrator, still lifes make up around one fifth. The Barberini Museum is showing 27 of these works, which allow the development of van Gogh's style to be traced.

Vicent van Gogh's experiments with light and shadow

Like hardly any other genre of painting, still life invites us to experiment. The exhibited works show how Vincent Van Gogh dealt with light, shadow, colours and spatial representations. The artistic currents of the time that inspired the painter - such as Impressionism - also become clear. Van Gogh's still lifes reveal his development in the use of colours in a particularly concise way. The increasing use of a strong and luminous palette of colours is regarded as a decisive moment in his work.

About the artist Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh is regarded as the founder of modern painting and influenced numerous other painters. He was born in the Netherlands in 1853. He taught himself painting largely autodidactically and influenced subsequent generations of artists with his unmistakably lively style. Among his most famous works are "Sunflowers" (1889), "Wheatfield with Crows" (1890) and "The Starry Night" (1889).

Museum Barberini

Humboldtstraße 5-6
14467 Potsdam
Opening Hours
26. October 2019 - 2 February 2020
Monday, Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., every first Thursday a month frim 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed on Tuesday
Opening Hours
14 euros, reduced 10 euros, free admission for children and teenagers up to 18 years of age
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| Last edited: 26. November 2019