The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam presents Félix Vallotton and lends the sunflower painting to London



The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is very generous. The two versions of the sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh were reunited for the first time since 1947 at the National Gallery in London when they were brought together for a Van Gogh exhibition at what is now Tate Britain. The second painting was lent by the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. The display closed last Sunday and it was a truly exceptional show.

I had the opportunity to visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Félix Vallotton’s exhibition was very interesting. Fire beneath the ice features paintings and prints by the French painter. Around 60 paintings from various international museums, such as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Kunsthaus Zürich, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and various private collections, combined with 40 prints from the Van Gogh Museum’s collection provide an overview of Vallotton’s oeuvre.

The Red peppers is particulary striking and was by far my favourite piece in the show. The exhibition runs until 1st June. Here’s a great video on the history of this work.

I look forward to experiencing a sound and visual installation by the contemporary artist Olde Wolbers, set up in the Van Gogh’s former studio at 87 Hackford Road in Stockwell. Van Gogh spent a year as a lodger from 1873 to 1874.