A major exhibition displaying Vincent Van Gogh’s work and his lesser known relation to Britain will open at the Tate Britain on March 27.
The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain will be the first exhibition to explore the artists’ connection to Britain and how he was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career.
It brings together the largest group of Van Gogh paintings shown in the UK for nearly a decade which will include over 45 works by the artist from public and private collections around the world.
Van Gogh spent several crucial years in London between 1873 and 1876, writing to his brother Theo: “I love London.”
He arrived as a young trainee art dealer, aged 20, in 1873 to work as a trainee art dealer, working in an office in Covent Garden, long before he became an artist.
He lodged at 87 Hackford Road in Brixton, before moving to homes in Lambeth and Isleworth.
A prolific letter writer, he sent regular updates to his brother Theo about the delights of London over the three years he resided there.
The joy and optimism in his writing stands in marked contrast to the final years of his life.
“Things are going well for me here, I have a wonderful home and it’s a great pleasure for me to observe London and the English way of life and the English themselves, and I also have nature and art and poetry, and if that isn’t enough, what is?” he wrote in 1874.
“English art didn’t appeal to me much at first, one has to get used to it. There are some good painters here, though.
Tate director Alex Farquharson said: “Vincent van Gogh is without a doubt one of the greatest and most influential artists of all time.
His stay in Britain changed his vision of the world and himself, encouraging him to become an artist.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us to reveal the impact Britain had on Van Gogh as well as the enormous influence he had on British artists.
“We’re thrilled to be welcoming so many important and ground-breaking paintings to the gallery.”