Tate Britain’s Van Gogh and Britain Exhibition Shows How the Dutch Impressionist Inspired British Artists

The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain presents the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Some of his most famous works will be brought together from around the world – including Shoes, Starry Night over the Rhône, L'Arlésienne, and two works he made while a patient at the Saint-Paul Asylum, At Eternity’s Gate and Prisoners Exercising. They will be joined by the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery.

Vincent van Gogh, Starry Night over the Rhone (1888). Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

Vincent van Gogh, At Eternity's Gate (1890). Kröller-Müller Museum

Van Gogh spent several crucial years in London between 1873 and 1876, writing to his brother Theo, 'I love London'. Arriving as a young trainee art dealer, the vast modern city prompted him to explore new avenues of life, art and love. The exhibition reveals Van Gogh's enthusiasm for British culture during his stay and his subsequent artistic career. It shows how he responded to the art he saw, including works by John Constable and John Everett Millais as well as his love of British writers from William Shakespeare to Christina Rossetti. Charles Dickens in particular influenced Van Gogh's style and subject matter throughout his career. The Arlésienne 1890, a portrait he created in the last year of his life in the south of France, features a favourite book by Dickens in the foreground.

Vincent van Gogh, L'Arlésienne (1890). Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand

The exhibition also looks at the British artists who were inspired by Van Gogh, including Francis Bacon, David Bomberg, and the young Camden Town painters. It shows how his vision set British artists on the road to modern art.

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait of Van Gogh IV (1957). Francis Bacon Estate, DACS, London
The exhibition runs until 11 August. Grab your last chance to look at some of Van Gogh’s most famous works before it ends.

Other paintings at the exhibition:

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait (1889). National Gallery of Art, Collection of Mr.and Mrs. John Hay Whitney

Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers (1888). National Gallery

Vincent van Gogh, Pollarded Willows, Arles (1888). Kröller-Müller Museum

Vincent van Gogh, Path in Garden of the Asylum (1889). Kröller-Müller Museum

The EY Exhibition Van Gogh and Britain

Dates: 27 March - 11 August 2019
Venue: Tate Britain
Address: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Family child 12–18 years|£5
Under 12s|Free