Adventures with Van Gogh
Adventures with Van Gogh is a weekly blog by Martin Bailey, our long-standing correspondent and expert on the artist. Published every Friday, his stories will range from newsy items about this most intriguing artist to scholarly pieces based on his own meticulous investigations and discoveries.
Was Van Gogh's olive grove landscape another Nazi-era 'forced sale'?
We uncover the tangled tale of the painting controversially sold off by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1972 and now in an Athens museum
I met the oldest woman in the world—who shared her memories of Van Gogh in Arles
Madame Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122, recalled meeting the artist as a child
Van Gogh's Tokyo Sunflowers: Was it a Nazi forced sale? And is the painting now worth $250m?
Bought for a Japanese museum in 1987, the masterpiece has just been claimed by the heirs of a Jewish Berlin banker
Van Gogh in 2023: a bumper year of exhibitions, openings, books and an Amsterdam birthday party
The Van Gogh Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary—and everyone is invited
Van Gogh in 2022: record prices, top shows and exciting discoveries
Plus, the best books on Vincent and the artist's booming immersive experiences
Why is Van Gogh under attack?
Vincent’s best-loved paintings are singled out by climate protestors
Van Gogh’s cypresses, a sequel to the sunflowers
New York’s Met plans a major show opening next May, with some of his greatest landscapes of Provence
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
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
A Van Gogh record: landscape of orchard with cypresses soars to $117m at Paul Allen auction
Previous top price was $82m for a portrait of Dr Gachet
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
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
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
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
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
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
What were the first 12 Van Gogh paintings ever sold?
And who were the brave collectors, way ahead of their time?
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
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
'My companions in misfortune': discovery reveals who Van Gogh lived with in the asylum
The story of an unknown register of patients is in my “Starry Night” book, out in paperback this month
London's 'spectacular' 2024 Van Gogh show will focus on the artist’s greatest period—we delve into the details
“Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers” at the National Gallery will be presented in themes, tracing the story of his stay in Provence
'Closer to Vincent': the secrets of everyday objects in Van Gogh’s paintings
A book and exhibition will reveal surprising facts about some of the artist’s best-loved motifs
New research sheds light on Van Gogh’s problems with Gauguin, as revealed by the paintings of their favourite chairs
And why was “Vincent’s Chair” sold to London’s National Gallery in the 1920s, while “Gauguin’s Chair” was hidden away?
Why did Van Gogh fail to sell his work?
Although his paintings now fetch millions, during his lifetime he perhaps ended up pricing them too high
What lies behind the twisted forms of Van Gogh's mountain landscape at the Guggenheim in New York?
Vincent painted this powerful work just outside the walls of his asylum
The Marcos art mystery: with a new Philippines president, we ask what happened to the family's Van Gogh?
Ferdinand Marcos, the former president, and his wife Imelda owned one of Vincent’s peasant scenes. Did it end up in Japan?
Could one of these lost Van Goghs—which disappeared during the Nazi period—be hidden in your attic?
These five missing paintings might still survive—possibly looted and secreted away
A rare Van Gogh letter about the Sunflowers will go on display
Vincent’s note to his artist friend Emile Bernard is to be included in an exhibition of the Springer Collection at Madrid’s Thyssen Museum