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Stranger and pilgrim

The Royal Academy is currently showing the biggest exhibition of Van Gogh’s paintings, drawings and letters to held in London for over 40 years.

Anne Roberts

2010 is the centenary of the first Post Impressionist exhibition to be held in England, which included 22 Van Goghs. Prior to 1910, no major paintings by Van Gogh had been seen in this country. Post Impressionism came as a shock to art lovers who had grown up with Victorian narrative painting, and the London press’s reaction to Van Gogh’s work was particularly hostile.