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January 30, 2015 4:57 pm

Vincent van Gogh at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mons, Belgium

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How the master of impressionism discovered his artistic style among the poor of southern Belgium

In Van Gogh in the Borinage: The Birth of an Artist, the Beaux Arts Museum in Mons has devised a show of perfect local resonance yet international significance. The first in a series of exhibitions across Europe marking the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death, it does more than add to our understanding of the artist’s development. It demonstrates how motifs and sympathies adopted in the Borinage shaped the prophet of modern art’s entire oeuvre.

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