Van Gogh : Up Close

In early May, my husband and I went to the National Art Gallery in Ottawa to see the Van Gogh exhibit entitled Van Gogh : Up Close. We bought tickets weeks in advance to see this once-in-a-lifetime showing of over 40 of his works, assembled from private and museum collections, and it was well worth it. The exhibition is on until September 3rd, and if you’re thinking of going, it’s a good idea to purchase tickets ahead of time. This exhibit has been drawing crowds all over the world, wherever it lands, and Ottawa is no exception.

Van Gogh’s Branches with Almond Blossom (one of the paintings on display at the National Art Gallery this summer)

There are so many wonderful works on display, including photographs and paintings that are believed to have inspired many of his paintings. It is well worth paying extra to enjoy the audio version of this exhibit as well.  You can walk around with a headset and hear more about most of the pieces, and some are even geared toward younger viewers. This is a fantastic opportunity to be able to stand mere inches from some of the most amazing paintings Van Gogh ever created.

If you’d like to read more about his work or life, we have plenty of great books in the library, such as:

Vincent van Gogh : The Life by Steven Neifeh

Van Gogh, a self portrait : letters revealing his life as a painter

What are you planning on seeing this summer?