Houses at Auvers, 1890. Vincent Van Gogh
By Katrina Morgan-The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is exhibiting paintings of the great Impressionists until May 26th. For the first time the MFA in Boston invited the public to choose works for a special Impressionist exhibition. Choosing from a different themed group each week, fans voted for their favorite paintings from a selection of fifty works from the MFA’s Impressionist collection, with the top thirty picks earning a spot in the exhibition “Boston Loves Impressionism.” Voters made plain their love for Vincent van Gogh’s masterpiece, Houses at Auvers (1890), which earned the most votes (4,464), edging out Claude Monet, who came in second place with 3,543 votes for his iconic Water Lilies (1907). Third place was taken by Edgar Degas’ Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer (original model 1878–81, cast after 1921)––the only sculpture in the contest. These three top vote getters hold a place of honor at the entrance of the exhibition.
If you cannot make it to Boston while the exhibit is at the MFA, you can visit Discovery Place in Charlotte and see the “Van Gogh Alive” exhibit. From Milan and Moscow, to Istanbul and Budapest, this globally-acclaimed exhibition comes to the United States east coast for the first time. The exhibit will be for a limited time, open from April 25 – June 1, 2014.
Over 3,000 of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works are taken outside of the frame and brought to life in a whirlwind of vibrant colors and vivid details. For the first time, guests can walk through images of famous works, such as “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” “The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum,” “The Yellow House,” “Bedroom in Arles” and many more.
“This exhibition redefines a traditional museum experience, displaying Van Gogh’s masterpieces in larger-than-life proportions. Guests may have had previous opportunities to see a few authentic paintings in a gallery, but Van Gogh Alive brings thousands of Van Gogh’s images under one roof in a stunning audio-visual format,” said Discovery Place, Inc. president and CEO, Catherine Wilson Horne. “Visitors can expect to be astonished and drawn into the splendor of this experience.”