Van Gogh and Gauguin were both influenced by Impressionism, but they developed very individual styles. In 1888, Paul Gauguin arrived in the South of France at the urge of Vincent Van Gogh and they both lived in Arles for a couple of months. The heated relationship and arguing they had gave birth to numerous paintings drenched in the sunny southern light, and ultimately to the infamous severed ear, which marked the end of a friendly and creative coexistence.
With a nice selection of works by both artists, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum tells the story of their friendship and its influence on their styles and legacies, all the way to Tahiti where Gauguin spent the last years of his life.
Van Gogh and Gauguin: Reality and Imagination
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
8-36 Ueno-Park Taito-ku
From 8 October to 18 December 2016
From 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.