Colour as Language | Etel Adnan and Vincent van Gogh | First retrospective in the Netherlands | Exhibition | Van Gogh Museum | Amsterdam

Etel Adnan often took landscape as a starting point for her art. Like Van Gogh, she sought to convey the power of nature on the canvas with a colour palette and painting style all of her own.

Her landscapes – frequently simplified and with intense colours and abstract forms – enter a dialogue with several works by Van Gogh. The exhibition also includes her ‘leporello’ works, the concertina-style books for which Adnan is known, as well as tapestries and literature.

Image: Etel Adnan, ‘Untitled’, 2015, oil on canvas, Collection Jean Frémon. ©The Estate of Etel Adnan. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris/New York. Copy: ©Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam.