Becoming Van Gogh

Oct 21, 2012–Jan 20, 2013


Closed: October 21, 2012–Jan 20, 2013
Hamilton Building - Level 2

An in-depth exploration of Vincent van Gogh’s unconventional path to becoming one of the world’s most recognizable artists, Becoming Van Gogh examines critical steps in his artistic evolution through more than 70 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, along with works by artists to whom he responded such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Camille Pissarro. Becoming Van Gogh brings together loans from more than 60 public and private collections throughout Europe and North America to tell the story of a number of key formative periods throughout the artist’s career. Denver is the only venue for this exhibition.

A special dated and timed ticket will be required.

Becoming Van Gogh is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is funded by Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation; Wells Fargo; Sotheby’s; and Sill-TerHar Motors, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Maserati. Additional funding is provided by Telemundo Denver and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, and The Denver Post.

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887. Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).

News & Stories

  • Sharing Van Gogh's Creative Process
    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    Sharing Van Gogh's Creative Process

    In conceiving the narrative for Becoming Van Gogh, one of the Denver Art Museum's main goals was for visitors to connect with Vincent van Gogh personally, as someone struggling to be an artist. More

  • dDIY #10: Make a Meal from Van Gogh’s Last Home
    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    dDIY #10: Make a Meal from Van Gogh’s Last Home

    In preparing for our exhibition Becoming Van Gogh, we came across the book Van Gogh’s Table, which shares the history and the recipes of the Auberge Ravoux.

    Below (and in this PDF) are two recipes we sampled from the book, with our own notes—about our triumphs and our tears—added in. For dDIY #10, your mission is to make a meal from Van Gogh’s last home. Channel the spirit of Van Gogh with a serving a soup and soufflé! More