Vincent van Gogh, Field with Irises near Arles, 1888. © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam/Vincent van Gogh Foundation

Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature

FEBRUARY 21 – JUNE 20, 2021

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

This exhibition, which premiered at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2019, examines the common ground between two visionary artists, separated in time and space: British artist David Hockney (born 1937) and Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). Both expressed their profound love of nature through brilliant color and the capacity to see the world with fresh eyes. The Joy of Nature reveals Van Gogh’s unmistakable influence on Hockney in a selection of carefully selected landscape paintings and drawings.

Through a bold use of color and experimentation with perspective, each artist crafts a painterly world that is utterly individual and true to themselves, yet offers immense universal appeal. The Joy of Nature brings together nearly 50 of Hockney’s vibrant works – ranging from intimate sketchbook studies to monumental paintings, as well as his experimental videos and iPad drawings – with 10, carefully chosen paintings and drawings by Van Gogh.