Musée d'Orsay: Van Gogh / Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society

Van Gogh / Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society

Vincent van GoghPortrait of the Artist with an Easel© Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum (Fondation Vincent van Gogh)
A few days before the opening of a van Gogh exhibition in Paris in 1947, gallery owner Pierre Loeb suggested that Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) write about the painter. Challenging the thesis of alienation, Artaud was determined to show how van Gogh’s exceptional lucidity made lesser minds uncomfortable.
Wishing to prevent him from uttering certain "intolerable truths", those who were disturbed by his painting drove him to suicide.

Based on the categories and the unusual designations put forward by Artaud in Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society, the exhibition will comprise some forty paintings, a selection of van Gogh's drawings and letters, together with graphic works by the poet-illustrator.


Isabelle Cahn, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay

This exhibition has received a State guarantee for the insurance of the works presented.

The title of the exhibition is based on the title of Antonin Artaud's book, Van Gogh the Man Suicided by Society ©Editions Gallimard, 1974

With the generous support of Ponticelli, Crédit du Nord, Wilhelm & Associés and Royal Talens.

With the technological support of Sony and of The Google Cultural Institute Lab and the paint contribution of Tollens.

11 March - 6 July 2014
Musée d'Orsay
Exposition temporaire

Admission until 5pm (9pm on Thursdays) with the museum ticket, subject to availability. Visitors are recommended to book a timed entry slot for the exhibition.

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