Martin Bailey

A surprise: a UK medical museum owns a Van Gogh

The etched portrait of Dr Gachet, who treated Vincent after he shot himself, is in the Wellcome Collection

London National Gallery's cancelled partnership with Pushkin Museum revealed

UK museum now seeking loans to save blockbuster show of Modern art, after collaboration with Russia rejected

Arts Council England's £446m grants: who are the biggest winners and losers?

The announcement signalled a shift of resources away from London, a broader range of venues beyond traditional art museums and an overall reduction in real terms

Rijksmuseum upgrades three Vermeers ahead of blockbuster show—but not everyone agrees

New additions to Old Master's canon go against a recent analysis conducted by Washington D.C's National Gallery of Art

Life in Van Gogh’s Yellow House: the mysterious objects on his kitchen table

A still life, painted just after Vincent mutilated his ear, holds intriguing clues

A crate of 40 Van Gogh paintings was once sold for less than $1

A seascape that fetched nearly $3m at Sotheby’s this week was one of the works abandoned in an attic

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Who added the pearl on Musée d’Orsay's Paul Gauguin sculpture? Diary reveals it was not the artist

Jewel that gives its name to an 1892 Tahitian carving was added to the work years after the French artist’s death, researcher discovers

Van Gogh goes to Hollywood: the celebrities who have owned Vincent's work

Californian collectors had the taste and cash to buy some of his finest paintings, with stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Edward Robinson and Barbra Streisand

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Vermeer roll call: final loans for Rijksmuseum blockbuster include masterworks from the Louvre and Met

The full list of paintings to be shown in the ambitious retrospective next year was announced at a press briefing in New York

Revealed: When lightning struck, rescuers of Van Gogh's works were rewarded with a drawing

Coming up at Christie’s and estimated at around $4m, the sketch given to neighbours who doused the fire and saved the Van Gogh family home and collection in 1941

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Biggest ever Vermeer show gets bigger: Rijksmuseum announces further loans for blockbuster exhibition

At least 28 paintings, out of around 35 known works by the artist, will go to Amsterdam next year

Jo Bonger: the woman who made Van Gogh famous as one of the greatest artists of all time

The definitive biography is now published in English—with a fresh explanation as to why the Sunflowers came to London

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UK heritage minister says government has no plans to amend law that prevents museums from 'disposing' of objects

The 1983 National Heritage Act was debated in the House of Lords—but the issue of reform will be further discussed ahead of its 40-year anniversary in May 2023

Van Gogh landscape coming up for auction should fetch a record price of over $100m

The orchard blossom scene, from the collection of Microsoft founder Paul Allen, is being sold by Christie’s

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Eight exhibitions to see during London's Frieze Week

From Cezanne's love of Provence at Tate Modern to cracking the Ancient Egyptian code at the British Museum

Vermeer at the National Gallery in Washington, DC declared not the real thing

The downgrading follows a study of the six paintings in the museum's collection thought to be by the Dutch master, which are now the subject of an exhibition detailing the findings

Amsterdam exhibition shines light on Klimt's artistic debt to Van Gogh and contemporaries

Klimt discovered Van Gogh in 1903—and took inspiration from the Dutch painter for his early landscapes

A dark winter looms for UK museums as energy costs and fewer visitors continue to hit revenue

The UK's 15 nationally funded museums have seen visitor numbers drop by over a third compared to June 2019, thanks in large part to the pandemic. They are now facing price rises, with government support still unclear

Cézanne's famous nude scene was once a British scandal—now it's the star of Tate's blockbuster exhibition

The Bathers drew protests in 1964 when London's National Gallery bought it for £475,000 and there were fears it would be vandalised

King Charles III faces pressure to return sacred tabot—which symbolically represents the Ark of the Covenant—to Ethiopia

Westminster Abbey, which is directly under the monarch’s jurisdiction, currently refuses to return the holy tablet

Provence at the heart of Tate Modern show dedicated to Paul Cézanne, the ‘artist’s artist’

London exhibition will also include Cézannes once owned by artists such as Monet, Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso

Van Gogh in America: Detroit’s exhibition set to be a revelation

US collectors and museums came late to Vincent’s paintings, yet eventually amassed the finest works outside the Netherlands—plus a few embarrassing fakes

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What were the first 12 Van Gogh paintings ever sold?

And who were the brave collectors, way ahead of their time?

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Radical outsiders: how Cézanne and Van Gogh drove art to new heights

Ahead of Tate Modern’s Cézanne blockbuster exhibition, we investigate the two artists' links

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UK museums to temporarily close out of respect for Elizabeth II's funeral

Tate Modern and Southbank Centre will be open overnight to provide toilet facilities to those queueing to see the Queen's coffin

V&A likely to return looted Asante gold treasures to Ghana

Museum’s director Tristram Hunt wants to loosen regulations on restituting artefacts seized by British forces in the 19th century

Van Gogh exhibitions in 2023: we reveal the hot tickets coming up worldwide

Highlight shows in Chicago, Paris and Amsterdam—plus a 50th birthday celebration for the Van Gogh Museum