Running between 1 March – 26 May 2019, this temporary exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum showcases works by two legendary artists, highlighting the inspiration British painter David Hockney drew from the Dutch master.

Wheat Field with Cypresses by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889.

As one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, David Hockney’s art is some of the most fascinating stuff out there. Hockney was a big part of the 1960s pop art movement, and continues to create unique and compelling work – in 2018, a stained glass window he created using an iPad was unveiled at Westminster Abbey.

Hockney’s exhibition at the Tate Museum a few years ago became the gallery’s most visited ever, and was met with a similar level of enthusiasm in Paris and New York. His work is characterised by expressionist elements, mixed with a vibrant and beautiful use of colours.

Irises by Vincent van Gogh, 1889.

As you may have guessed, many of Hockney’s works feature a strong influence by Van Gogh – arguably the most famous painter of the last few centuries. This influence can be seen especially clearly in Hockney’s landscapes, celebrating the natural world full of movement, brush marks, and unique detail.

Van Gogh’s masterpieces are displayed alongside Hockney’s most iconic works, drawing the eye towards their shared appreciation for the little details that help turn dried paint into living scenes that spring from the canvas. Hockney’s imposing Yorkshire landscapes are a central part of the exhibition, with his stunning The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate as a highlight.

This temporary exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum showcases work by two of the most vibrant and fascinating artists of the last 200 years. If you’re looking for bold expression, a detailed and unique way of seeing the natural world, and vivid colours, don’t miss this.

Mick Murray

Mick Murray

Mick is a writer and editor who has lived and worked across New Zealand, Japan, and the Netherlands.
His hobbies include wildlife photography, writing, and contracting pneumonia.
Mick Murray