Van Gogh’s ‘repetitions’ featured in DC

WASHINGTON – Vincent van Gogh’s various versions of some of his well-known paintings are featured in the first major exhibit of his artwork in Washington in 15 years at The Phillips Collection.

“Van Gogh Repetitions” opens Saturday to examine some of the artist’s familiar paintings, looking at how he repeated certain compositions during his 10-year career. It was organized with the Cleveland Museum of Art, which will host the exhibit in March.

The new exhibit is a bright spot for museum visitors in the midst of a massive shutdown of Washington’s federally funded museums and attractions. It’s the result of an eight-year collaboration with curators in Cleveland and will be on view in Washington until Jan. 26.

Phillips Collection Director Dorothy Kosinski said much of van Gogh’s legacy and accomplishments are often distorted or forgotten. It’s a project that is “both sexy and has brains,” she said, because it will draw visitors but also teach them how to look at pictures.