Van Gogh in Britain – A Lust for English Life?

I have visited the Van Gough Museum in Amsterdam on a number of occasions but was unaware that he had lived in the UK for 3 years or seen any of his UK pictures.

Tammy Tour Guide

Vincent van Gogh - Starry Night 1888 Vincent Van Gogh – ‘Starry Night over the Rhone’. Paris, Musée d’Orsay. Photo – RMN-Grand Palais/Hervé Lewandowski.

If you ask the average man or woman in the street to name a famous painter, they’d probably pick Vincent Van Gogh. He’s one of the most memorable artists who ever lived with his vibrant paintings which strike a powerful emotional chord.

Van Gogh has been immortalised in songs, Hollywood films, posters, advertisements and even on tea towels. He’s quintessentially Dutch, having been born in the Netherlands, but lived for most of his artistic life in France.

But few people know that he also lived in England for three years between 1873-1876.  The Van Gogh exhibition at the Tate Britain takes us on his British journey and looks at how he was influenced by his stay in London.  But does it tell us anything new about him?

Van Gogh’s Love of Britain


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