The seasons had profound meaning for Vincent van Gogh: they represented the circle of life within nature – birth, bloom, maturity and death. For the artist, this ongoing cycle represented the greatness of nature and the existence of a higher force.
Celebrate the opening weekend of Van Gogh and the Seasons as exhibition curator Sjraar van Heugten explores Van Gogh’s love of nature in both his life and work and the role of the seasons in his oeuvre.
Sjraar van Heugten is an independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Sjraar joined the Van Gogh Museum in 1988 working in the curatorial department before being appointed Head of Collections in 1999, a role he stayed in until 2010.
Sjraar regularly presents lectures on Van Gogh in Europe, the USA and Japan and has published widely including catalogues on the collection of the Van Gogh Museum, Van Gogh: Master Draughtsman (2005) and Avant-Gardes 1870 to the Present. The Collection of the Triton Foundation (2012).