Van Gogh preferred painting portraits and figures, but his landscapes sparked a revolution in art. Basel's distinguished Kunstmuseum presents an ambitious show of 70 landscapes, among them key works never seen by wide audiences, in "Europe's art event of the year."
The exhibition "Vincent van Gogh: Between Earth and Heaven" focuses for the first time exclusively on his landscapes, the most frequent motif in his work.
Organizers expect more than half a million visitors before the exhibition ends September 27.
The show covers all phases of van Gogh's landscape art. The pieces mirror the continuous shifts in his mental state, alternating between moments of hope and fits of self-doubt and despair that eventually drove him to suicide at 37.