Vincent Van Gogh

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Hunt still on for a Van Gogh self-portrait lost deep in a salt mine during the Second World War

The Magdeburg masterpiece may have been burned at the end of hostilities—but some believe it might have been looted and survive

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Exhibitions

Visitors can step into Van Gogh’s swirling landscapes at Florida’s Dalí Museum

An immersive exhibition of the artist’s most famous works, projected onto large-scale 360° screens, opens this weekend

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A separated pair: the story behind Van Gogh’s famed empty chairs

An insight into what the two paintings reveal about Vincent's life with Gauguin in the Yellow House

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Did alcohol withdrawal really cause Van Gogh’s mental crises?

Vincent was allowed 42 units of wine at the asylum—three times more than today’s recommended limit

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New book solves the mystery of Van Gogh's lost harmonium portrait

Vincent scrunched up a study for a second portrait of Marguerite Gachet, the daughter of his Auvers doctor

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Two Van Gogh fakes in Washington? Strong evidence produced against early drawings at the National Gallery of Art

Revelations in new book about an attic discovery throw fresh light on Vincent’s decision to become an artist

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In a moving letter, Van Gogh complains about quarantine after his forced removal from the Yellow House

New exhibition at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum is a unique opportunity to see Vincent’s correspondence, normally locked away in a vault

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Coveted Van Gogh bouquet to be sold at Sotheby's New York, valued at $18m

Chequered past: from the Bear Skin to the Nazis, a once-restituted painting is now coming up for auction

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The most famous bedroom in art history: secrets of Van Gogh’s nocturnal life

A story of changing wall colours, a pair of pillows, wartime bombs and the hunt for a lost bed

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Gauguin and Van Gogh: their shared love of Japan revealed

“Beautiful women” in Gauguin’s rediscovered manuscript are now identified as by Kunisada—Vincent’s favourite Japanese printmaker

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Gauguin claims credit for Van Gogh’s Sunflowers: the revelations of a rediscovered manuscript

In Avant et Après—just acquired by London's Courtauld Gallery—Gauguin details his tumultuous time with Van Gogh

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Van Gogh exhibitions return—exclusive news all the way up to 2024

From olive groves to peat moors: shows coming up in Dallas, Amsterdam, Detroit, Vienna, Assen, Columbus and Santa Barbara

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Which is the only museum in the world actively buying up Van Goghs? It’s in the hometown of Hieronymus Bosch

The Noordbrabants Museum’s latest acquisition is Head of a Woman, bought privately for €1.6m through Christie’s

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Book Club

An expert’s guide to Vincent van Gogh: five must-read books on the Dutch artist

All you ever needed to know about the artist, from the story of the ear incident to the definitive biography and best picture book—selected by Van Gogh specialist Martin Bailey

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Art for the People: how a Van Gogh masterpiece ended up in an English village hall

In 1935 Samuel Courtauld lent Peach Blossoms to bring major paintings to the countryside—an inspiration for today

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Van Gogh detective discovers exact spot of artist's last work, painted just hours before his suicide

The spot—in a village north of Paris—now has a plaque linking it to Vincent's death

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Van Gogh held hostage: private detective tells us he has more photographs

Will Arthur Brand’s images of the stolen painting lead to a recovery?

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Courtauld Gallery acquires watercolour by A.S. Hartrick—friend and portraitist of Van Gogh and Gauguin

“Tall, dark, rather handsome”, his description of Gauguin in Breton garb

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Dutch villa, which once housed nearly a thousand Van Goghs, under threat of demolition

The fate of the 1901 home in the oak garden is in the balance

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Only joint letter from Van Gogh and Gauguin—recording their brothel visits—comes up for sale

Vincent describes his artist friend as having the “instincts of a wild beast”

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Now stuck in Japanese lockdown, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers will not return to UK until next summer

Londoners will have to wait even longer to see the National Gallery’s 60 touring masterpieces

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Diary

Wear art inspired by the Met Museum—take the #MetMaskChallenge

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Executed by the Nazis: the story of Vincent van Gogh’s brave great-nephew

This month the Van Gogh family pays tribute to Theodoor, the 24-year-old student who faced a firing squad in 1945

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Van Gogh Museum to reopen on 1 June, but with only a tenth of its usual visitors

Closure is having a catastrophic impact on the finances of the museum, which normally gets half its income from ticket sales

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The astonishing tales of how the Sunflowers survived the Second World War

To mark VE Day, we investigate the fate of Van Gogh’s masterpieces under Hitler and Churchill

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Home sweet home: renting the Yellow House, the high point of Van Gogh’s life

Vincent’s sunny abode had a spare bedroom, awaiting Gauguin’s arrival

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Van Gogh experienced lockdown—how did isolation impact on his art?

The artist once told his sister that isolation was “sometimes as hard to bear as exile”—but was necessary “if we want to work”

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Did Van Gogh cut off his whole ear? Or only a part?

Key witnesses had different memories, so sorting out myth and reality is a challenge—but the truth would give valuable insight into the artist’s psyche

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Diary

Jist Gogh Hame—tracksuit-wearing Vincent van Gogh tells Glaswegians to just go home

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A concise guide to Van Gogh’s adult life: how the artist celebrated his birthday over the years

From family gifts of cufflinks and chocolate to his darker days in the asylum, a look at where Vincent was and what he was doing on 30 March each year

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Art theft: are museums safe under lockdown?

Plus, Laura Cumming on Breugel. Produced in association with Christie's

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In recent decades 28 Van Goghs have been stolen in the Netherlands—but all have been recovered

Detectives are intensifying their investigation into the latest crime, at Laren’s Singer museum, which was committed this week on the artist’s birthday

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How Van Gogh’s handwritten texts were tragically chopped up

The artist copied poems and hymns into an album that belonged to his London landlady; our investigations reveal that, around 100 years later, an unknown perpetrator cut the pages into pieces in order to make a quick buck

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Birthday heist: Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum on anniversary of artist's birth

The Singer Laren museum in the Netherlands is currently on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic

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Van Gogh’s trusty pipe: how the artist believed that smoking helped his art

Vincent lay in bed, puffing away and dreamily composing his pictures

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Van Gogh’s theory on Degas’s success with female nudes

A three-volume set of The Letters of Edgar Degas—including ten with references to the Van Gogh brothers—is due to be published in April

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Tacita Dean’s ancestors brought a Van Gogh painting to England in 1896—now she wants to track it down

The UK artist is on the hunt for the Parisian restaurant scene, now with a secretive Texan collector

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Art market

Dickinson sells €15m Van Gogh painting at Tefaf Maastricht—the highest value reported sale so far at the Dutch fair

Peasant Woman in front of a Farmhouse, once sold in a farmyard auction for £4, sold to a private collector

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Almost burned on a bonfire and then hidden behind a door for years—rediscovered Van Gogh landscape goes on sale at Tefaf Maastricht

New York’s Hammer Galleries has priced the Paris park scene at $10m-$12m

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Great lovers of Van Gogh: Swiss couple's private collection goes on show in Vienna

The Albertina mounts a display of the Hahnloser’s relatively unknown treasures

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Van Gogh’s Sunflowers caught up in Tokyo coronavirus quarantine

Japanese government instructs national art museums to close for two weeks — shutting the door on London’s National Gallery travelling show, on the eve of opening

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British Museum shows its only Van Gogh portrait for the first time

The etched portrait of Dr Gachet, who tended to the artist after he shot himself, was donated by the doctor's son

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A Van Gogh and a Monet: you win one and lose another

The Dutchman’s newly attributed Oslo self-portrait is unveiled in an Amsterdam exhibition, while the Frenchman’s bohemian portrait suffers a downgrading

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Kirk Douglas played Van Gogh in 1950s film Lust for Life: a look at the biopic and the myths it made

The Hollywood star, who died last week aged 103, became famous for his portrayal of the "tortured artist"

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The €15m Van Gogh which was once sold in a farmyard auction for just £4

Now heading to Maastricht, the painting of a peasant cottage will be a highlight of the Tefaf fair

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Wooing Dutch visitors and an impending birthday: the challenges facing Van Gogh Museum's new director

Emilie Gordenker, from the Mauritshuis, will move from the Golden Age to the birth of Modernism when she takes up her role next week

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Nine Van Gogh 'fakes' that have emerged as the real thing

The Oslo self-portrait and other paintings have been authenticated by the artist’s museum

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Not a fake: Van Gogh self-portrait is his only work painted while suffering psychosis, experts say

The newly attributed work is quite unlike Van Gogh’s other 35 self-portraits and reveals an intriguing insight into his mutilated ear

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Is a Van Gogh self-portrait hidden in a London attic?


An intriguing letter suggests that Vincent made a very unusual sale to England

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Want to buy a Van Gogh? Sotheby’s has four works with (relatively) modest estimates

Unseen for 25 years, they all come from a very private American collector

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From surprising sales to emotional discoveries: the Van Gogh stories of 2019

The top exhibitions, books and auction news this year—plus the astonishing tale of the gun

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Two Van Goghs sold from the recovered hoard of an Italian fraudster

One painting was hidden in a Parma cellar, leading to the discovery of the Tanzi Treasure

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Ten myths about Vincent van Gogh

Why stories—from the mutilated ear to the eventual suicide—can distort our view of the art

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A good catch: The Mackerels now looks set to be authenticated as a genuine Van Gogh

The still life in Switzerland’s Reinhart collection was dismissed as a forgery

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Van Gogh's Sunflowers will leave London for over a year as Australian show is added to loan tour

Masterpiece from London's National Gallery is headed for Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia

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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 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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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