Van Gogh loans to the Detroit Institute of Arts


It is an honor and pleasure for Heather James Fine Art to facilitate the loan of two major works in the van Gogh exhibition Van Gogh in America at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, MI. The owners of these two special van Gogh paintings are very private and Heather James Fine Art represents them in the exhibition. One of the paintings was one of curator Jill Shaw’s favorite pieces and it was highlighted in a prominent location in the presentation of the works. 

Van Gogh in America is not only beautiful, but it is also very educational. The exhibition explores the history of van Gogh’s exhibitions and exposure in the US, spearheaded by Theo van Gogh’s wife and son in the early part of the 20th century. After debuting van Gogh works publicly for the first time in the United States at the 1913 69th Regiment Armory in New York City, commonly known as The Armory, the Detroit Institute of Arts was the first American museum to purchase a van Gogh and their self-portrait is a highlight of this exhibition. The next museums to purchase van Gogh works were all mid-western institutions, The Art Institute of Chicago, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Saint Louis Art Museum and the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibition includes all of the early purchases from those four institutions, including the well known The Bedroom. The exhibition also includes works from the van Gogh Museum and even a version of Starry Night from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. 

This exhibition brings together 74 van Gogh works from around the globe. Unfortunately, the works will not be travelling, but this presentation is ongoing until January 22, 2023, and we highly recommend anyone who can visit should. Tickets are still available.

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