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Van Gogh and Britain

Pioneer Collectors

Fri 31 March 2006, 11.00amSun 18 June 2006, 5.00pm

Organised by Compton Verney and the National Galleries of Scotland

The life story of Vincent van Gogh has become legendary and his work is amongst the formative influences on twentieth-century arts. This is the first exhibition to focus on collectors of Van Gogh and consists of paintings and drawings acquired by British collectors in the period before 1939.

The work of Van Gogh (1853-90) is characterised by dynamic brushwork and vibrant colours. The exhibition at Compton Verney offers a representative selection of works from the artist’s entire career, with the majority dating from his time spent in Paris, Provence and Auvers. Works include A Wheatfield with Cypresses (1889), Peach Blossom in the Crau (1889) and Rain-Auvers (1890).

It is generally assumed that the British appreciation of Van Gogh came later than in other countries, but this exhibition reveals the identity of a number of pioneer collectors of the artist’s work. The exhibition also features rarely seen archival material, photographs and correspondence relating to the collectors and works.

The exhibition at Compton Verney will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by guest curator Martin Bailey, available from our shop priced £12.95.