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Head of a boy by Van Gogh displayed

For the first time

Van Gogh at work ran for over eight months. Halfway through the exhibition period the works on paper were exchanged for others, as such pieces are highly sensitive to light. This change-over gave visitors an opportunity to see a large number of magnificent drawings from the museum’s collection; works which are seldom exhibited. Another outstanding exhibit was Head of a boy by Van Gogh, from a private collection. This early work, unknown until recently, had never previously been displayed.

A number of loans were also replaced. In early September the Sunflowers from The National Gallery returned to London, after hanging alongside the Van Gogh Museum’s version since the exhibition’s opening. Outstanding loans added to the exhibition at this point were Van Gogh’s The bedroom and The drinkers (after Daumier), both from The Art Institute of Chicago, Lawn with weeping tree from a private collection and three top pieces by Paul Gauguin from Ordrupgaard Museum in Charlottenlund, Denmark: The wine harvest at Arles (‘Misères humaines’), Landscape in Pont-Aven and Blue trees, Arles.