The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain

A very British influence

Discover the impact British culture had on Vincent van Gogh’s art – and vice versa – at a major new Tate Britain exhibition presenting the largest collection of his paintings in the UK for nearly a decade.

Van Gogh’s career was famously short and unsuccessful in his lifetime. Yet, almost 130 years after his death, his work holds an enduring fascination. His paintings are among the most expensive ever sold at auction and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is the most visited art museum dedicated to the work of one artist.

As a young man, Vincent van Gogh lived in the UK, becoming fascinated by its literary landscape and artistic legacy: the novels of Dickens and Eliot, and art by Constable and Millais. In turn, he inspired British artists from Walter Sickert to Francis Bacon. Now, Tate Britain’s look at Van Gogh through a British lens finds a fresh way to investigate and interpret his creativity.

Among the 45 pieces on display are Shoes, Prisoners Exercising and the much celebrated but rarely loaned Sunflowers.

One can speak poetry just by arranging colours well.

Van Gogh in a letter to his sister Willemien van Gogh, 1888

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27 March - 11 August 2019


Tate Britain