Detroit

Detroit

Van Gogh: Face to Face

The Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
March 12–June 4, 2000

Van Gogh sublimated his feelings in colorful, lively surfaces that fit less readily with animate human personality than with the inanimate still life or landscape. Although his reputation does not rest on the portraits, they never reduce to type or fail to speak of human dignity. The self-portraits are mesmerizing studies in the contradictory impulses of artistic confidence and personal despair. This rare opportunity to see some seventy of van Gogh's portrait drawings and paintings, brought together by the three sponsoring institutions, should not be missed. Mar. 12–June 4; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, July 2–Sept. 24; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Oct. 22, 2000–Jan. 14, 2001.