On March 17, 1901, a retrospective of paintings by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh were shown at a gallery in Paris, France. At this point, van Gogh’s work, a style called post-Impressionism, was already hugely influential among other artists, critics, and museum curators. The exhibit helped his work become more popular with the public. Today, van Gogh paintings are among the most valuable artworks in the world.

Van Gogh, however, did not live to experience his success in the art world. Eleven years before the Paris retrospective, he had committed suicide.

curator
Noun

person who designs, assembles, and manages an exhibit at a museum or other cultural center.

Dutch
Adjective

coming from or having to do with the Netherlands (Holland).

exhibit
Noun

display, often in a museum.

gallery
Noun

area used to display groups of material organized by type.

influential
Adjective

important; having the ability to lead the opinions or attitudes of others.

public
Adjective

available to an entire community, not limited to paying members.