Royal Academy of Arts to show “The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters”

Vincent Van Gogh - Still Life with a Plate of Onions, 1889 - Oil on canvas, 49.6 x 64.4 cm. Courtesy of the Royal Academy of Arts, London

LONDON.- In January 2010, the Royal Academy of
Arts will stage a landmark exhibition of the work of Vincent van Gogh
(1853–1890). The focus of the exhibition will be the artist’s remarkable
correspondence. Over 35 original letters, rarely exhibited to the public due to
their fragility, will be on display in the main galleries of Burlington House,
together with around 65 paintings and 30 drawings
that express the
principal themes to be found within the correspondence. Thus the exhibition will
offer a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the complex mind of Vincent
van Gogh. This will be the first major Van Gogh exhibition in London for over
forty years.

In addition to lending almost all the letters in the exhibition, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, has made available twelve important paintings. Other major lenders include the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts,…