When you’re given the chance to see an exhibition featuring works of a world renown artist, you bloody well Van Gogh! (I’m here all day ladies and gents haha). Really though, having studied and recreated Van Gogh’s work endlessly throughout my art classes, I knew it wasn’t one to miss.
‘Van Gogh and Britain’ presents the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade at London’s infamous Tate Britain.
Some of Van Gogh’s most famous works have been brought together from around the world including Shoes, Starry Night on the Rhône, L’Arlésienne, At Eternity’s Gate and Prisoners Exercising. These are also joined by the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery.
I mean, come on, this exhibition is BIG.
Van Gogh lived in England as a young man for several crucial years. He walked the streets alone, dreaming of the future. He fell in love with British culture, especially the novels of Charles Dickens and George Eliot. He was inspired by the art he saw here, including paintings by Constable and Millais which are featured in the exhibition. They affected his paintings throughout his career.
More than the biographical side of things, I loved that you really get a feel for the man that Vincent Van Gogh was. He was kind, compassionate but so overarchingly melancholic.
Van Gogh lived a short life in which his latter years were taken over by his decline in mental health. This can be seen through his work but I loved that the focus wasn’t put on his mental health. Instead it focuses purely on the art and recognising what a great man he was.
Tickets for the exhibition are £22 each. I took a friend who isn’t very into art and she thought this was steep but after attending the exhibition, she was thrilled and confirmed it was worth it. I’m also hoping she’s found a new love for the arts too.
For me personally, the exhibition was a beautiful experience. There is A LOT of artwork to look at and if you really take your time with it all, you can be there for well over an hour.
My only slight gripe was that when purchasing your tickets you pick a time slot, however it seemed that they were just letting masses into the installation and at times it was just too crowded to even be able to admire the paintings without someone getting in the way.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely.
Buy your tickets here.