Van Gogh in the News

May 2014

Van Gogh bequeathed to the National Gallery of Art

Beginning June 7, Still Life of Oranges and Lemons with Blue Gloves will be on display at the National Gallery of Art after decades of being held in a private collection of museum benefactor, Paul Mellon and his wife Rachel Mellon.
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April 2014

One of Van Gogh’s Homes Has Sold

87 Hackford Road, a home in which Van Gogh lived in the 1870s, has been sold to Chinese violinist, James Wang, and is being converted into an Artangel installation by Saskia Olde Wolbers.
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A New Van Gogh Gallery Opens

The Foundation Vincent van Gogh Arles opened its doors in early April. The Foundation hopes to showcase the artist’s legacy and will exhibit a collection of works in a tribute to Van Gogh.
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Woman Goes Broke Over Possible Van Gogh Painting

Doreta Peppas, the daughter of Meletis Peppas, a Captain in the Greek Resistance of WWII, believes that her father looted a number of artworks from a Nazi train. The pieces include Van Gogh’s. Peppas has spent a great deal of money in an effort to prove the paintings authentic.
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March 2014

Yale University Ruled the Rightful Owners of $120 Million Van Gogh Painting

Pierre Konowaloff says “The Night Café” belonged to his family and was stolen during the Russian Revolution. Yale received the painting from alumnus Stephen Carlton Clark which purchased it from a gallery in New York c.1933-34. A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled that the painting can stay at Yale.
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February 2014

Sotheby’s Auctions Van Gogh Painting

Van Gogh’s L’Homme Est en Mer or The Man is at Sea, sold for 16.9 million pounds, far exceeding the estimated 8 million pound price.
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January 2014

Van Gogh Donated to Denver Art Museum

Frederic C. Hamilton has donated 22 landscape paintings, valued at up to $100 million, to the Denver Art Museum. The Impressionist collection includes paintings by Van Gogh.
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September 2013

Early Van Gogh Drawing Discovered

Young Roman was drawn by Van Gogh in 1880 while living in the coal mining area of Borinage, Belgium. The sketch was discovered as researchers studied Van Gogh’s methods.
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Long-Lost Van Gogh Unveiled

"Sunset at Montmajour" is the first full size Van Gogh canvas to be discovered since 1928. The painting had been stored away in an attic for years with the understanding that it was not authentic.
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The Sunflowers are Mine

A new book by Martin Bailey, The Sunflowers are Mine: The Story of Van Gogh’s Masterpiece, reveals images of sunflower paintings by Van Gogh that have not been seen in years.
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August 2013

High-Quality Reproductions

The Van Gogh Museum has developed an advanced copying technique to create high-quality 3-D reproductions of Van Gogh works.
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May 2013

Van Gogh Museum to Sell Rare Copies of Van Gogh’s Sketchbooks

For the first time facsimile editions of all four of Van Gogh’s sketchbooks will be for sale at the Van Gogh Museum’s shop. The sketchbooks contain notes, prescriptions, copies of poems, scribblings, studies for future paintings and mini works of art. Only 1,000 copies will be sold.
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Van Gogh’s Blue Bedroom Really Purple

Dutch researchers now believe that the blue walls of Van Gogh’s The Bedroom were originally purple. The walls were painted in a mixture of blue and red pigments. The red was not a stable color and it faded over time.
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Van Gogh Museum Re-Opens After 7 Month Renovation

145 paintings and sketches are on display in the new exhibition titled Van Gogh at Work. The Amsterdam museum’s exhibition includes a palette and paint tubes that Van Gogh used.

Eight Year Research Project into Van Gogh

Art historians, conservators, and technicians worked in groups to examine Van Gogh’s artistic career. They looked to answer questions such as “How did van Gogh, who was essentially self-taught as an artist, arrive at his particular way of painting?” and “How did his choice of materials and tools affect his results?”
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April 2013

Is It a Real Van Gogh?

Study by Candlelight will be in a new exhibition which will run through August, after having been held by the Goetz family out of public view since 1988. The painting has struggled with authentication difficulties for years. Some claiming it to be a Van Gogh and others a fake.
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Van Gogh Walk Project

A street in London, close to the location of Van Gogh’s London home, has been renamed Van Gogh Walk after the famous artist. The street now has bikes for rent, plants with blue and yellow blossoms, and a timber sculpture inspired by a Van Gogh work.
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March 2013

Pink Flowers Discovered

Van Gogh’s Undergrowth with Two Figures was painted 5 weeks before his death. In a letter he mentions pink flowers being present in the painting, but we can only see yellow, white and orange flowers. Professor Jeffrey Fieberg used a complicated scientific process to determine where the pink flowers had been.
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February 2013

Sketchbooks to be Published

Sketchbooks which provide insight into Van Gogh’s artistic development will be reproduced by The Folio Society. The publication will be limited to 1,000 copies.
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Feature Film Focused on Van Gogh

“Loving Vincent” is a full length animation film by Dorota Kobiela. The film tells of the life and controversial death of the great artist Vincent van Gogh.
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January 2013

Recreation of Van Gogh Self-Portrait

Tadao Cern, dynamic Lithuanian based artist, with the help of Photoshop and an excellent stylist, transformed a red-headed model into one of Van Gogh’s most iconic self-portraits.
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December 2012

Van Gogh Europe a New Endeavor

29 European partners, from three countries, work to make Vincent Van Gogh’s heritage available to the public in a contemporary way.
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November 2012

Van Gogh Letter to Be Auctioned

Profiles in History will be auctioning off over 300 historic documents in an upcoming online and phone auction on December 18. The documents include a letter written by Vincent Van Gogh in 1890 to Joseph and Marie Ginoux, proprietors of the Café de la Gare.
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Letter of Hope

A letter written by Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin and sent to Emile Bernard, has surfaced and will be auctioned by Christie’s auction house in Paris on December 12-13. The letter discusses the friendship, future plans, and hope of a utopian artist community the men shared.
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October 2012

Van Gogh’s Peasant and Munch’s Scream Both in New York

If you’re going to be in New York both Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, Portrait of Patience Escalier, and Edvard Munch’s The Scream are on loan to museums just 20 blocks apart.
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Van Gogh Exhibit Opens in Denver

The long awaited “Becoming Van Gogh” exhibit opened on October 25, 2012 at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition features over 80 Van Gogh pieces from around the world. The exhibit is exclusive to the DAM.
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September 2012

Van Gogh Museum to Close Temporarily

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will close temporarily on September 24, 2012 while the building undergoes renovations. If all goes as planned, the museum is expected to re-open on April 25, 2013.
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Vincent Van Gogh the Peasant Painter

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has just released a new YouTube video discussing Van Gogh’s paintings of peasants, in particular his famous The Potato Eaters.
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August 2012

Vincent Van Gogh Color Blind?

A new tool developed by Japanese vision expert, Kazunori Asada, suggests that Van Gogh might have been color blind. Asada’s “Color Vision Experience Room” is a simulator that makes it possible to experience color the way people with varying degrees of colorblindness do.
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New Colors Discovered in Van Gogh’s Undergrowth with Two Figures

Researchers at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Conservation Science Laboratory helped to discover that many of the white flowers in Undergrowth with Two Figures used to be a vivid pink.
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A Hair in a Painting May Equal a Van Gogh?

A red hair that may have belonged to Vincent Van Gogh was pulled from a painting which owners argue is an original Van Gogh. DNA testing may help to determine if Still Life with Peonies is actually a Van Gogh original.
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Norton Simon Museum Brings in a Van Gogh

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California will host a Van Gogh self-portrait from 1889 on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The exhibit will be open for three months beginning December 7.
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July 2012

Van Gogh to Kandinsky Opens at the National Galleries of Scotland

The exhibition Van Gogh to Kandinsky | Symbolist Landscape in Europe 1880 -1910 opened at the National Galleries of Scotland on July 14 and will run until October 14, 2012.
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June 2012

New Discoveries about Van Gogh

A previously unknown letter written by Vincent Van Gogh has recently been discovered by researchers at the Van Gogh Museum.  In the fourth volume of the Van Gogh Studies series, Van Gogh: New Findings, discusses the letter as well as other new discoveries and insights into the life and work of Van Gogh.
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May 2012

Pollard Willow Finds a New Home

Van Gogh’s watercolour Pollard Willow has been purchased and added to the collection at the Van Gogh Museum.
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March 2012

New Van Gogh Painting Discovered

Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses, was formerly believed to be a work by an anonymous artist until the painting was more carefully examined with x-ray technologies which revealed a painting of two wrestlers under the still life of flowers.  A letter to Van Gogh’s brother, Theo, told more of the story.
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Van Gogh’s Sunflower Genetic Variation

University of Georgia scientists have discovered the gene mutation which caused the strange sunflowers depicted in several of Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings.
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October 2011

Van Gogh Stars on 60 Minutes

60 Minutes, on CBS, looks into the life and death of artist Vincent Van Gogh and discusses a new biography which considers that he may not have taken his own life.
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Van Gogh Self-Portrait Believed to be Theo

A Van Gogh painting previously believed to be a self-portrait of the artist is now believed to be the only known painting of his brother, Theo. 
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February 2011

Van Gogh’s Yellows Turning Brown

The striking yellows in Van Gogh’s paintings are turning to a dull brown hue and researchers have discovered the cause.
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September 2010

Van Gogh: A Brush with Genius

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius, gives some of Van Gogh’s paintings new life in a documentary that retraces the artist’s steps and discusses his subject matter and inspiration. 
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February 2010

Painting Proved to be Genuine Van Gogh

Le Blute-Fin Mill is the first Van Gogh painting to be authenticated since 1995.  The piece was purchased in 1975 by museum curator, Dirk Hannema, who claimed it was a Van Gogh but was never able to prove it.
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December 2009

Van Gogh’s Ear, a New Theory

Van Gogh scholar, Martin Bailey, believes his studies have determined a new answer to the question of why Van Gogh cut off part of his ear.  Bailey points the finger towards Van Gogh’s own brother, Theo.
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Van Gogh: the Flaming Soul

An exhibition, Van Gogh: the Flaming Soul, opens in Taipei, Taiwan at the National History Museum and runs until March 28th.  The exhibit showcases over 70 drawings and 20 paintings from the Kröller-Müller Museum’s collection.
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Van Goghs Seized

Italian police seized two Van Goghs as well as other masterpieces in a crackdown on assets of Calisto Tanzi, founder of dairy company, Parmalat.
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November 2009

Van Gogh Comes to Life

The University of North Texas Dance & Theatre Department will bring Vincent Van Gogh to life in its production of Vincent in Brixton, a play based on the early life of artist Van Gogh.
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March 2009

Yale Sues to Keep The Night Café

Yale University has filed a suit to retain ownership of Van Gogh’s painting The Night Café.  A man claiming to be a descendant Russian industrialist, Ivan Morozov, the paintings former, owner says he has title to the painting.

September 2008

Vincent Van GoghHuis

After 30 years of planning, the Vincent Van GoghHuis, a living art center which pays homage to artist Vincent Van Gogh, opens to the public. 
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July 2008

New Van Gogh Portrait Discovered

A new technique was used on Van Gogh’s painting, Patch of Grass, which discovered a portrait of a woman under the layers of paint. 
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February 2008

Van Gogh Stolen in Zurich

Van Gogh’s Blossoming Chestnut Branches along with pieces by Cezanne, Degas, and Monet were stolen from the building of the Collection E. G. Buehrle, in Zuerich, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 11.
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September 2007

Van Gogh's Last Masterpiece goes to Auction

The Fields (Wheat Fields) is going on public auction for the first time. It is believed to be the last painting Vincent did.


April 2007

Van Gogh: Father of German Expressionism?

OK, we'll bite - especially when that's the hook of a wonderful exhibit like the one at the Neue Galerie.

On display in this elegant museum (home to the $135 million Gustav Klimt) are 80 paintings and drawings - more than a third of them van Gogh's - paired with works by the German, Austrian and Russian artists inspired by his broken brush strokes, vivid stabs of color and tormented life.


March 2007

In Search of Van Gogh

Leonard Nimoy’s Vincent, a one-person play narrated by Van Gogh’s brother Theo, follows the life and times of Vincent Van Gogh.
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Van Gogh's Got Seoul

Ninety of Van Gogh’s works will be shown at a special exhibit in the Seoul Museum of art in November.
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Dirty Work

Why wash your car when you can give your dirty windows the Van Gogh treatment? Artist Scott Wade turns his dirty windows into Van Gogh and Da Vinci replicas.
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Cool Work of Art

A new air conditioner from LG gives you a place to frame a favorite work of art.



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The Old Tower in the Fields Starry Night Over the Rhone The De Ruijterkade in Amsterdam Mountainous Landscape Behind Saint-Paul Hospital
The Old Tower in the Fields Starry Night Over the Rhone The De Ruijterkade in Amsterdam Mountainous Landscape Behind Saint-Paul Hospital
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