Van Gogh in America

In celebration of its status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh—Self-Portrait, 1887, which was acquired in 1922—the Detroit Institute of Arts is organizing the first exhibition dedicated to the introduction and early reception of the iconic artist’s work in America.

Featuring around sixty five of Van Gogh’s paintings and works on paper from collections around the world, the exhibition will explore the considerable efforts made by early promoters of modernism in the United States—including dealers, collectors, private art organizations, public institutions, and the artist’s family—to introduce the artist, his biography, and his artistic production into the American consciousness.



Van Gogh in America is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. This exhibition is a part of the Bonnie Ann Larson Moden European Masters Series.


Image: Self-Portrait, 1887, Vincent van Gogh, Dutch; oil on artist board, mounted to wood panel. Detroit Institute of Arts.