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Say Goodbye to Starry Night: Post-Impressionism Exhibit Closing at the de Young

Van Gogh's Starry Night over the Rhone

Get thee to the de Young. You have just over a week to see the Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond exhibit before these post-impressionist masterpieces are shipped back to the Musee d'Orsay for good. In case you didn't hear, the de Young has had the privilege of being the only museum in the world to play host to two exhibitions of work on loan from the esteemed Musee d'Orsay while it undergoes extensive renovations. The first exhibit focused on the birth of Impressionism and drew more than 432,000 visitors. Bets are, that by the time it's over, the current exhibit will have drawn even more.

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond picks up where the first exhibit left off, around 1886, and explores Impressionist techniques such as Pointilism, Divisionism, Symbolism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Constructivism, Synthetism, and more. If, like me, you can't remember the difference between all the those art terms, don't fret. The show includes all the heavy hitters—Van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Pissaro—and  is organized by technique and artist, providing detailed descriptions along the way. Be there.

On view through January 18, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., 415-750-3600, deyoung.famsf.org

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