Vincent Van Gogh

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Where is the portrait of Dr Gachet?

 The mysterious disappearance of Van Gogh's most expensive painting

Frankfurt's Städel Museum put a detective journalist on the case

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Two Dutch museums join forces to buy rare, $3m Van Gogh painting at Sotheby's New York

Work acquired by Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Drents Museum in Assen is one of few to survive from the artist's visit to Drenthe

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For sale: two Van Gogh paintings come up at Sotheby’s New York next week

One of the works was looted by the Nazis from Jewish collector Jacques Goudstikker, but is now being sold by his heir after restitution

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Two Van Gogh exhibitions in a single week

After the Frankfurt show opens, another on still lifes comes to Potsdam—17 years after Germany’s last presentation on the artist

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Van Gogh and Germany: Frankfurt mounts best show on the artist in recent years

Städel Museum tells the story of Germany's love affair with the painter, which ended in tragedy with Hitler’s rise to power

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Methodical, well read and—above all—human: what we learn from the myth-busting edition of Van Gogh’s letters

A decade after the publication of Vincent's trove of correspondence, here is how the remarkable project has contributed to scholarship on his art

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Appointments

Emilie Gordenker appointed new general director of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum

The current director of the Mauritshuis in The Hague is taking over from Axel Rüger who now leads the Royal Academy of Arts in London

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Arles to Tokyo: Van Gogh exhibitions in 2020 that Vincent aficionados won't want to miss

Detroit’s Van Gogh in America will be the highlight, with more major shows in Amsterdam, Padua, Santa Barbara and Columbus

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The artist whom Van Gogh most admired—and whose work fetched record prices

An exhibition on Millet opens in Amsterdam with the rare loan of The Angelus

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Uncovered: Van Gogh's first art teacher

First photo discovered of Anna Birnie, of Scottish descent, who served as a young governess for eight-year-old Vincent

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Not just a tortured soul: new show shines light on Van Gogh's humour and friendships

Den Bosch exhibition features rarely exhibited documents revealing the artist's personal relationships

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Books

'The guardian of Vincent’s legacy': new biography details devoted life of Van Gogh's sister-in-law Jo Bonger

Bonger's encounter with Trotsky and her tireless effort to preserve the artist's work are explored in the new book by Hans Luijten

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New discoveries: Paul Signac painted watercolours of Van Gogh’s asylum

Signac, who offered to fight a duel over the Sunflowers, pays homage to his Dutch friend

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Van Gogh's suicide: Ten reasons why the murder story is a myth

All the evidence suggests it was the artist who fired the fatal shot

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Top of the Pods: experts on Van Gogh in the asylum and his early life

We bring together our interviews with Martin Bailey and Martin Gayford who discuss the turbulent life and longstanding legacy of the Dutch painter. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Millinery mix up: scholar says Van Gogh Museum has mistaken hatted portraits of Theo and Vincent

Major exhibition at the Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands will show latest research in the confusing identity saga as Amsterdam museum renames work

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How a concierge restored 200 Van Gogh paintings, including the Sunflowers

The astonishing tale of Jan Traas, a caretaker and intern conservator in the 1920s, who later worked on Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring

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A once-in-a-lifetime look behind Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

The Van Gogh Museum’s masterpiece has suffered from a 1960s restoration which involved the insertion of three long metal bolts

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Van Gogh’s gun, 'most famous weapon in art history', sells for €162,500

The discovery of the revolver suggests it was suicide, not murder

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Van Gogh’s astonishing week in the asylum, 130 years ago—when he painted an olive grove and a starry night

By coincidence, both pictures ended up at New York’s MoMA, which is now planning a redisplay

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Gauguin blames Van Gogh over ear incident

Little known letter says he feared “a fatal and tragic accident”

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Van Gogh's correspondence about famed Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta unearthed

Largely overlooked postscript suggests surprise friendship between the Van Gogh brothers and the young Belgian

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Art market

Big but bland Impressionists lead Christie's sale, with new records for a peachy Cezanne and feline-filled Bonnard

Fresh material from big collections led the $399m New York auction, while mid-tier Monets primed the market for his $55m haystacks work at Sotheby's tonight

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Virtually unseen Van Gogh painting comes up for sale in New York next week

Christie’s values the Japanese-influenced picture of the asylum garden at $25m

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Theo van Gogh is identified in mystery drawing now on show in London

Lucien Pissarro’s sketch in Tate Britain exhibition is the only depiction of the two brothers together

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How did Salvator Mundi go from $1,000 to $450m? Plus, the tragedy of Van Gogh's only love

We speak to the authors of two new books: Ben Lewis about Leonardo; and Martin Bailey about Van Gogh. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Exclusive: Van Gogh’s prostitute lover committed suicide—just as predicted

My new book recounts the untold tragedy of how Sien Hoornik drowned herself in a Rotterdam canal

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Two stolen Van Goghs go back on display after 14-year ordeal at the hands of Italian gangsters

Conservation at the Amsterdam museum has revealed a fake Vincent signature on the genuine seascape

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Munch's angst-ridden prints at the British Museum to Van Gogh's love affair with the UK at Tate Britain

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I held the gun that probably killed Van Gogh—and here is its story

The revolver discovered by a farmer in an Auvers field comes up for auction on 19 June

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Exhibitions

Hockney-Van Gogh exhibition is ‘a tame,though colourful, bit of fluff’

The British artist dominates the Van Gogh Museum’s dubious doubleheader, which offers little to connect the pair

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What lies behind the auction of Van Gogh’s gun?

New details on “the most famous weapon in art history”

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Video, film & new media

Julian Schnabel’s Van Gogh film is moody and marvellous in spells—but gets two things crucially wrong

At Eternity’s Gate, based on the Dutch artist’s life, is released in the UK today

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Mystery of Van Gogh’s love affair in London

Did the Dutch artist fall for his Brixton landlady or her daughter?

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Discoveries under the floorboards of Van Gogh’s bedroom in Brixton

Mysterious papers were found during the restoration of the south London house in Hackford Road where the Dutchman lodged

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The astonishing life of Johan van Gogh: Vincent's great-nephew dies aged 96

A tribute to Theo van Gogh’s grandson, who served in the Dutch secret service

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These are the two Van Goghs that David Hockney dreams of hanging in his bedroom

British artist's exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum opens this week

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In the frame

How not to get stuck in a lift with David Hockney

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Revealed: Van Gogh’s English friend in Antwerp, Emslie Horniman

Memories of the artist from the son of the founder of London’s Horniman Museum uncovered in archival letters

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Former Tate director's hidden tribute to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

James Manson paid homage to the artist by painting his own bouquet

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How Van Gogh's Sunflowers have inspired generations of British artists

Painters from Brangwyn to Nash paid homage to the masterpiece, all illustrated on the Art UK site

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San Francisco’s Van Gogh is the real deal

The still life of fruit and chestnuts, until recently dismissed as a fake, was painted in Paris

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Amsterdam Sunflowers will never again travel

Conservators are concerned over Van Gogh’s still life, which went to over 80 exhibitions after the war

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Who painted the mystery nude in the Van Gogh brothers' collection?

Museum specialist believes he has uncovered the identity of the artist—and his voluptuous muse

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Van Gogh’s most important painting leaves Europe for the first time

National Gallery’s Sunflowers heads to Japan where it is likely to be seen by around a million people

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National Gallery in London to send Van Gogh's Sunflowers to Japan

Exhibition with 60 other loans from the museum will help celebrate the Tokyo Olympics in 2020

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The most important Van Gogh discoveries, exhibitions, sales and books of 2018

From the discovery of a Montmartre drawing to a $40m sale at Christie's

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Revealed online for the first time: photograph showing Van Gogh painting slashed in 1978

Criminally insane visitor attacked the self-portrait at the Van Gogh Museum

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The Year In Review

From counting muddles to collective cuddles: the art world's highs and lows of 2018

The people, places and things that had a year to remember—or to forget

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Van Gogh's portrait of a prostitute coming up for sale

Christie’s, more discreetly, entitles it “Portrait de femme”

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Mistaken identity: new discovery means there is only one known photograph of Vincent van Gogh

The childhood image that was assumed to be of Vincent is now believed to depict his brother Theo

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Amsterdam show to explore Van Gogh’s influence on Hockney

Exhibition of 120 works will reveal a shared fascination with nature, bold use of colour and experimentation with perspective

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Controversies

Smoking pipe, razor and revolver removed from Van Gogh sculpture in London's Brixton

Controversial items relating to the artist's life were scrapped from original design over fears they could be linked to drug, knife and gun crime

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Van Gogh sculpture unveiled outside the London lodgings where he fell in love

As well as Brixton, Anthony Padgett’s works will go to Isleworth, Ramsgate, Welwyn, the Borinage, Nuenen and Arles

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Art market

Top lots go unsold at New York's Impressionist and Modern sales, proving a discerning but 'not doomsday' market

Monet carries Christie's evening sale while a Magritte shines at Sotheby's, marking an auction record for the Surrealist painter

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When the National Gallery used a London taxi to move a Van Gogh painting

Back during Tate’s 1947 exhibition, loan arrangements were more casual

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Revealed: must-see Van Gogh exhibitions, part two—2019-21

We release details of Detroit exhibition on America’s love for the artist, plus others in Frankfurt, Potsdam, Santa Barbara and Columbus

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Van Gogh self-portrait—almost sold by cash-strapped Detroit—will be star of major show on the artist and America in 2020

Sale was stopped at last minute after city received financial support from Michigan

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Revealed: must-see Van Gogh exhibitions, part one—2019

Shows planned for Houston, London, Amsterdam and Den Bosch next year

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Newly discovered photograph depicts the man who got Van Gogh fired as an art dealer

The image—in the collection of London's National Portrait Gallery—shows a confident Charles Obach, compared to one of an ill-at-ease Vincent

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In the frame

Van Gogh comes to New York

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Van Gogh's garden painting set to make $40m auction record for Paris period

Now being sold by a London-based collector at Christie's New York, the work will probably go to Japan or China

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Gauguin’s kitten reappears in Van Gogh’s Yellow House

Amsterdam show on the artist's Martinique trip also reveals Tate watercolour as a genuine work by Gauguin

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Van Gogh’s postman didn't deliver: how Samuel Courtauld swapped portrait for famous Sunflowers

In this week’s podcast, hear how the British collector changed his mind and acquired the National Gallery's star attraction

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Mystery identity of Van Gogh’s 'gardener' solved

New research reveals name of man in the artist’s finest asylum portrait

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Does Van Gogh's Starry, Starry Night feature the Milky, Milky Way?

On our latest podcast, we explore how a modern reconstruction of the night sky in June 1889 shed light on the artist's late masterpiece

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Van Gogh in the asylum. Plus, Christian Marclay on The Clock

Our correspondent Martin Bailey and art historian Martin Gayford talk about Van Gogh's time at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole and Christian Marclay tells us about his ground-breaking work The Clock. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Vincent the baker? Van Gogh's possible careers

His family also suggested that he become an accountant or a barber

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Van Gogh: it was suicide, not murder

Julian Schnabel’s new film on Van Gogh is based on questionable assumptions

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The revealing story of the painting that inspired Julian Schnabel’s new Van Gogh film

Vincent painted At Eternity’s Gate, the title of the film premiering in Venice, when he was at the asylum

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Shell sponsorship deal with Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum ends

The museum as well as the Mauritshuis in The Hague have stopped collaborating with the oil company by "mutual decision"

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Starry Night is held by Russian government

Van Gogh drawing had been folded in half in 1945 to fit inside a suitcase

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Introducing: Adventures with Van Gogh

A new blog by Martin Bailey

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Exhibitions

The Irishman who painted—and brawled—beside Gauguin

Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns: Between Paris and Pont-Aven opens at National Gallery of Ireland

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Revealed: Van Gogh's failed attempt at art dealing

New book argues that artist bought Japanese prints “not for pleasure but to deal in them”