Saturday, February 14, 2015

2015: An Exciting Van Gogh Year

2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh's death. A number of exciting exhibitions and events are happening throughout Europe this year. In my mind the most exciting exhibition is Van Gogh in the Borinage, From 25 January to 17 May at the Beaux-Arts Mons in Mons, Belgium. 66 paintings and drawings will be on display, many rarely seen in public, in an extraordinary exhibition focusing on Van Gogh's early years as an artist when he lived in the mining region of Belgium. For more information on this and other events please visit:

Van Gogh Europe

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Time to visit Japan

Hello, all: Sorry for not posting in so long. Just a brief note to say that another painting has moved from a private collection to a public museum. Always good news. Peasant Woman Laundering can now be found at the Hikaru Museum in Takayama, Japan. A lovely early painting from the Nuenen period--unusual for its brighter colours.

I visited Takayama years ago and remember it as a wonderful city. I'll have to visit again and see this lovely painting.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Good news for Coloradans

The new year brings good news for people living in the Centennial State. A public museum in Colorado has acquired its first Van Gogh work:

Edge of a Wheatfield with Poppies

Visit the Denver Art Museum to see this lovely work from Van Gogh's Paris period.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Two private collection paintings donated to museums

Good news for Van Gogh aficionados as two rarely seen Van Gogh paintings have been donated to public museums. See details in the "In the News" section.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

New Van Gogh Painting Unveiled

Today I posted information about the new Van Gogh painting that was presented at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam last month:

Coincidentally I was the at the Van Gogh Museum the very morning of the press conference. I was in Amsterdam on holidays which would later take me to Berlin, Norway and Iceland. I wish that I'd had the chance to see the new painting with my own eyes--probably the only chance I'll get. But it was decided that I not be asked to join the press conference unfortunately.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Shameful that I haven't posted on this blog in more than a year. I'm going to try and be much more diligent about making new entries.

Having said that, today’s posting isn’t the most exciting. There are two changes that I’ve just made:

1. Still Life with an Earthen Bowl and Potatoes (F 118) is no longer dated to Nuenen in 1885, but rather to Paris around 1886. This change comes as a result of research undertaken by the Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam. They determined that the pot seen in this painting is actually a pot that would be found specifically in Paris and not Nuenen.

2. Still Life with Scabiosa and Ranunculus (F 666) is no longer part of the collection of the Takahata Gallery in Osaka. Rather it’s now in a private collection. No further details unfortunately.