Vincent van Gogh, Vase with cornflowers and poppies 1887, oil on canvas
Credit: Supplied courtesy of NGV

“Not to live like Van Gogh, but more like Claude Monet” is how Korean artist Osang Gwon once defined success in conversation with GRAZIA.

Those unfamiliar with why one might opt to live a life closer in resemblance to the latter rather than the former will quickly become apparent to those who plan on visiting Van Gogh and the Seasons when it opens tomorrow at the National Gallery of Victoria as a world exclusive exhibition.

Curated by Sjraar van Heugten, former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and independent art historian, Van Gogh and the Seasons is the next instalment in the NGV’s Winter Masterpieces program and is internationally exclusive to Melbourne. The exhibition features approximately 65 works borrowed from the artist’s namesake museum, as well as the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (both of which respectively house the largest and second largest collections of works by the Dutch artist), and takes its curatorial cues from the seasons that had such a profound impact on the Post-Impressionist master.

Van Gogh and the Seasons will also draw from Van Gogh’s own art collection, his letters and research into the seasons that defined much of his life and work – most of which has never been seen in Australia.

Van Gogh and the Seasons opens April 28 2017 and will exhibit until July 9. More information is available here.

Tile and cover image: Supplied courtesy of NGV