press release

opening of the exhibition on Friday 26 July 2019 at 6pm from 6pm to 8pm.

Around 25 November 1888 in Arles, Vincent van Gogh painted one of his most remarkable paintings: Sower with Setting Sun. This masterpiece from the Emil Bührle Collection is now shown for the very first time in the town where it was created, one hundred and thirty-one years ago.

Led by his desire to render peasant life, Van Gogh created many versions of this motif. The work held by the Emil Bührle Collection is considered his most successful interpretation: bearing the deep imprint of Van Gogh’s influences – such as Jean-François Millet’s The Sower (1850) and Japanese prints – it nonetheless demonstrates the artist’s emancipation, bringing together all of his own stylistic and technical innovations. It also explores the dazzling possibilities of an ever richer and more daring palette. The unusual appearance of his signature at the bottom of the large painting is but more proof of the importance of the work, recognized by the artist himself.