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Van Gogh and Britain

Van Gogh said: ‘It’s a great pleasure to me to observe London, and the English way of life.’ Tate Britain’s current exhibition looks at the influence of British culture on Van Gogh’s work as a young man, and also the later impact of his work on British artists in the early 20th century.

Crossing the Culture Anne Roberts
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At Eternity’s Gate by Vincent van Gogh | photo: www.fouman.com

Despite the failures and disappointments of his early career, Van Gogh responded enthusiastically to art and literature in Victorian England. As a young man he was employed by the French art dealers Goupil & Cie, who in 1873 assigned him to their London branch. He was particularly impressed by the humanity and compassion which he saw in the work of English painters and illustrators.