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Van Gogh and Britain

Tate Britain has recently announced a major exhibition about Vincent van Gogh and his relationship with Britain, set to open in March 2019. The exhibition will explore how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture and how he in turn inspired British artists, from Walter Sickert to Francis Bacon.

VINCENT VAN GOGH (1853–1890), L’ARLÉSIENNE, 1890. COLLECTION MASP (SÃO PAULO MUSEUM OF ART). PHOTO CREDIT: JOÃO MUSA.

The exhibition will bring together 40 works by the artist – the largest collection of his paintings on show in the UK for ten years. Some of his most famous works will be brought together, including Shoes, Starry Night on the Rhône, L'Arlésienne, and the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery.

VINCENT VAN GOGH (1853–1890), SELF-PORTRAIT WITH FELT HAT, 1887. VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM (VINCENT VAN GOGH FOUNDATION).

Van Gogh lived in England for several crucial years between 1873 and 1876. The exhibition will reveal his enthusiasm for British culture, from the novels of Charles Dickens and George Eliot, to paintings by Constable and Millais, some of which are featured in the exhibition.

FRANCIS BACON (1909–1992), STUDY FOR PORTRAIT OF VAN GOGH IV, 1957. TATE © THE ESTATE OF FRANCIS BACON. DACS, LONDON.

Tracing Van Gogh from his obscure years in London to the extraordinary national fame he achieved in the 1950s, the exhibition will show how he inspired modern British artists, including Francis Bacon, David Bomberg, and the young Camden Town painters. It shows how his vision set British artists on the road to modern art.

Two of the artist’s works will be offered in Sotheby's upcoming Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale (28 February, London) and Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale (1 March, London). The first is a painting that depicts the view from Van Gogh’s attic window in The Hague and the second is one of the last drawings the infamous artist would ever create.

VINCENT VAN GOGH, VIEW FROM THE WINDOW OF VINCENT'S STUDIO IN WINTER, 1882-83. FROM IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART EVENING AUCTION.


Van Gogh and Britain will be on view at Tate Britain from 27 March to 11 August 2019.

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