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1Dutch Ado

The impact of Britain on Vincent van Gogh (18531890) and the influence the Dutch artist had on UK painters is explored in a new exhibition at Tate Britain this month.

The Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain (until August 11) explores how van Gogh was inspired by British culture and how he, in turn, inspired British artists, from Walter Sickert to Christopher Wood.

Van Gogh spent several crucial years in London between 1873 and 1876. Arriving as a trainee art dealer, he was awed by the vast modern city and appreciated the work of artists from John Constable to Christina Rossetti. Charles Dickens in particular influenced the Dutch artist’s subject matter.

L’Arlésienne, a portrait van Gogh created in the last year of his life, features a book by Dickens in the foreground.

Left Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Selfportrait, 1887, Paris, Musée d’Orsay © RMN

Right Harold Gilman (1876-1919) Tea in the Bedsitter, 1916, Kirklees Collection, Huddersfield Art Gallery

Below left Christopher Wood (19011930) Yellow Chrysanthemums, 1925, Mr Benny Higgins & Mrs Sharon Higgins

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Right Harold Gilman (18761919) Nude on a Bed, 1914, Fitzwilliam Museum

Below right Harold Gilman (1876-1919) The Shopping List, 1912, British Council

Far left Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Sunflowers, 1888, © The National Gallery, London/ Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1924

Left Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) Sunflowers, © Frank Brangwyn Estate / Bridgeman Images

2Nitty gritty Paintings by Harold Gilman (1876-1919), a founder member of the Camden Town Group, continue on show at a Chichester gallery this month marking a centenary since the artist’s death a day after his 43rd birthday.

Pallant House Gallery’s exhibition is the first in more than 35 years to celebrate the work of Gilman who was known for his portrayal of British interiors, portraits, and landscapes.

His early work was greatly influenced by Walter Sickert, who he met in 1907, along with Vincent van Gogh and Edouard Vuillard.

Harold Gilman: Beyond Camden Town focuses on the artist’s final decade before he died of flu – a period in which he abandoned the the Camden Group’s hallmark grittiness.

3Brought to spook Marking 70 years since the forming of NATO, and 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a new exhibition dedicated to the Cold War is unveiled this month.

Protect and Survive: Britain’s Cold War Revealed, at the National Archives in Kew, includes a number of lectures, such as An Evening with Dame Stella Rimington on April 5.

Dame Stella was appointed director general of MI5 in 1992, the first woman to take the post and the first head of the organisation to be publicly named.

Original documents and exclusive interviews provide a depiction of the Cold War period, from espionage to British culture and Civil Defence.

Right You know a vital secret - keep it dark, poster, 1939-1946, image courtesy of The National Archives

Far right The German spy Klaus Fuchs, image courtesy of The National Archives


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