LOOK THROUGH VAN GOGH'S EYES
A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST TALENTED & MISUNDERSTOOD ARTISTS
In this immersive experience, you will stand on the very spot that Van Gogh painted his last canvas, Tree Roots, and see the subject that inspired him. You will understand, as few people can ever claim to know, what it was the artist saw and felt, and how he translated that into paint.
Even though Van Gogh’s style makes him one of the most recognisable artists in the world, he is often to this day misunderstood. To truly understand the artist and the man, you have to follow in Van Gogh's steps, and experience the world through his eyes.
Explore Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise: The Final Months, a major new exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris alongside an expert guide, before an immersive day trip to nearby Auvers-sur-Oise, where Tree Roots was painted, not long before his untimely death. Can this exhibition shed new light on one of the most influential figures in the history of Western art?
DAY ONE - PERHAPS THEY'LL LISTEN NOW
Embark on a day trip to the picturesque commune of Auvers-sur-Oise, a town a short distance north-west of Paris. Following his discharge from an asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Van Gogh moved here in May 1890, renting a small room in the attic of the Auberge Ravoux, and meeting Dr Paul Gachet, whose clinic he attended. During his brief but prolific time here, the artist created 74 paintings and 33 drawings, including Portrait of Dr Gachet. Accompanied by a private art guide, see the auberge, the Château d’Auvers and the church and cemetery where Van Gogh is buried. The day culminates with a guided walk to the recently-rediscovered spot where he painted his final work, Tree Roots. The opportunity to join the site’s owners for an aperitif, allows for a personal and profound new appreciation of Van Gogh’s later life and legacy.
In the words of Don Mclean’s famous and poignant song, memorialising Vincent’s work: “They would not listen, they did not know how - perhaps they'll listen now.”
DAY TWO - EVOLUTION OF THE ARTIST
Why did Van Gogh’s dark palette make way for more vivid hues? In the morning, join an emerging artist for a private meeting to discover the enduring influence of Van Gogh on contemporary works today, and how his time in the city influenced his artistic vision. Discover the pieces he created and haunts he frequented during this period, when he lived with his art dealer brother Theo at 54 Rue Lepic in Montmartre.
Later that afternoon, and accompanied by an expert guide, explore the Musée d’Orsay’s new exhibition, a major overview of the brief yet crucial final phase in Van Gogh’s artistic development. It gathers together, for the first time, 40 paintings and 20 drawings made by the Dutch Post-Impressionist in the last days of his life. Masterpieces on display include Wheatfield with Crows, The Church of Auvers-sur-Oise and Tree Roots.
After a leisurely breakfast, and possibly a parting treatment at the expansive spa at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, bid the city farewell with a private transfer to the airport or station.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL, PARIS
This journey is available exclusively with a stay at the renowned Mandarin Oriental, Paris.
Located on rue Saint-Honoré in the heart of the city, the property is a timeless celebration of Paris, featuring an inner garden which provides a peaceful sanctuary and the two-Michelin starred restaurant Sur Mesure, an expansive spa, underpinned by the brand's legendary service.
FROM £1,500 PER PERSON
Based on two people. The experience can be personalised to be between 1-3 days. Rates for accommodation will be quoted subject to availability.
Private access to the recently-discovered site where Van Gogh painted his final work ‘Tree Roots’, alongside the site's owners
Guided walk to Van Gogh sites in Auvers-sur-Oise
A private driver and car, or Mercedes V-Class van
Privately guided viewing of the Van Gogh exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay
Private meeting and city walk with an artist inspired by Van Gogh
Local expert guides, entrance fees and transfers
WHEN TO TRAVEL
The exhibition, 'Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, The Final Months' at the Musée d’Orsay runs from 3 October 2023 to 4 February 2024
Flights to/from Paris
Excursions, meals and drinks other than those mentioned
ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE
A fully privatised visit to the Musée d’Orsay.
Art and Champagne 'visual tasting' with Caroline Brun in Aÿ-Champagne.
Extend your journey to Amsterdam, to visit the Van Gogh Museum, and explore the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo in private and after-hours.
Extend your journey to Provence in the South of France, with exclusive private access to the Fondation Van Gogh in Arles and a private day trip to Van Gogh sites in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
VAN GOGH EUROPE
The Luminaire is proud to collaborate with our partners Van Gogh Europe on this journey. A network of collaborating European locations and collections who are actively engaged in maintaining and promoting Van Gogh’s heritage, the Van Gogh Europe Foundation comprises 23 organisations and museums in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England.
It aims to make Van Gogh’s cultural heritage accessible to a wide audience, in order to inspire, unite and engage current and future generations.