Van Gogh’s persona burned brightly, if only for a decade. At 27, the artist was entirely self-taught and astonishingly produced about 1,300 works on paper and 900 paintings before tragically taking his own life at 37. Constantly moving, living in 20 cities and four countries, he befriended painters such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, and Camille Pissarro, among others, during the period known as Post-Impressionism. The Columbia Museum of Art has created an original exhibit—that will not travel—which showcases 12 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, cleverly displayed with more than 30 works by the numerous artists who influenced his personal expression.

Van Gogh and His Inspirations is on view at the Columbia Museum of Art through January 12, 2020; 1515 Main St, Columbia. The exhibition is open Sun–Sat, 10am–5pm. (803) 799-2810,


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