The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
, will examine the common ground between David Hockney (English, born 1937) and Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 18531890) in Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature. The exhibition reveals Van Goghs unmistakable influence on Hockneys work through a collection of 57 carefully selected landscape paintings and drawings by the two artists. Inaugurated in 2019 by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Hockney Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature will be on view in Houstonthe only U.S. venuefrom Sunday, February 21, through Sunday, June 20, 2021.
This exhibition offers visitors an extraordinary opportunity to see these two visionary artists side-by-side, said Gary Tinterow, MFAH Director, the Margaret Alkek Williams Chair. We are delighted to collaborate with David Hockney and the Van Gogh Museum to bring these exceptional works to our audience in Houston.
Hockney once asked, How can you be bored with nature? In this exhibition, we discover both artists profound love of nature expressed through brilliant color and the capacity to see the world with fresh eyes, said Ann Dumas, consulting curator of European art for the MFAH.
Although separated in time and space, David Hockney and Vincent van Gogh are united by a shared fascination with nature, bold use of color, and experimentation with perspectiveeach crafting a painterly world that is utterly individual and true to himself, yet offers immense universal appeal. Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature brings together 47 of Hockneys vibrant worksranging from intimate sketchbook studies to monumental paintings, as well as his experimental videos and iPad drawingsalongside 10 carefully chosen paintings and drawings by Van Gogh.
The central Hockney works selected for this exhibition were painted in the 2000s in Yorkshire Wolds, in northeastern England, where Hockney returned after almost 40 years in Los Angeles to visit his ailing mother and a terminally ill friend. There, he executed landscapes en plein air, revealing through observations of the changing seasons how light, space, and nature are constantly in flux. These imposing works offer vivid insight into Hockeys love of nature and expose clear links to Van Goghs landscapes, such as Field with Irises near Arles (1888) and Path in the Garden of the Asylum (1890). Ive always found the world quite beautifuland thats an important thing I share with Van Gogh, Hockney has noted. We both really enjoy looking at the world.