A new exhibit entitled Van Gogh: le suicide de la société has just opened in Paris at the Musée d’Orsay. It flips the premise that Van Gogh was disturbed, based on the writings of Parisian gallery owner Antonin Artaud. Just before an exhibit about the Dutch master opened in 1947, Artaud proposed that it was the artist’s “exceptional lucidity that made lesser minds uncomfortable.” He asserted that Van Gogh was hounded into suicide by those who were made ill at ease by the insupportable vérités (ahn-sue-por-tabluh vare-e-tay), or “unbearable truths” revealed by his paintings. The exhibit features about forty paintings, several drawings, and letters from the troubled Dutch artist as well as writings by Artaud.
- Open until July 6, 2014
- Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 am – 6 pm and until 10 pm on Thursday
- Due to the popularity of this exhibit, timed entry tickets are recommended