A new exhibition at Tate Britain, “Van Gogh and Britain,” opens March 27, 2019. This article causes me to think somewhat differently about van Gogh. Of several good illustrations it contains, I chose the painting reproduced here because I’ve never seen it, and it’s unlike much of his work that I have seen.
“Looking at his work through his relationship with Britain brings into the foreground his amazing intellectual curiosity,” said Carol Jacobi, the lead curator of the show.
“He read very widely: literature as well as popular science. If you carefully study his work, the image arises of a man who carefully thinks about his works and prepares.” [Sjraar van Heugten, van Gogh art historian]
“Things are going well for me here,” [van Gogh] wrote to Theo from London in January 1874. “I have a wonderful home and it’s a great pleasure for me to observe London and the English way of life and the English themselves, and I also have nature and art and poetry, and if that isn’t enough, what is?”
(Nina Siegal, “Van Gogh the Wild Man? Try Van Gogh the Suburban Professional,” NYTimes, 3- 26-19)
(c) 2019 JMN.