Research projects

The Van Gogh Museum conducts extensive research into Vincent van Gogh and 19th-century art. In several cases, (long-term) cooperative partnerships were established for this purpose with scientific institutions such as the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) and various universities. Research is also carried out in preparation for exhibitions. A complete overview of this can be found on the website of the European Society for Nineteenth-century Art. The most comprehensive research projects are discussed below.

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Museum catalogues

The production of a series of museum catalogues about Van Gogh's work in the Van Gogh Museum collection.

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Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923), Tournée du Chat Noir, avec Rodolphe Salis (detail), 1896, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

Research into the fin de siècle print collection

The Van Gogh Museum houses an important collection of prints from the fin de siècle (1890 to 1905) including works by Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Steinlen. In 2010 a research began aimed at making this collection better known to a wide audience.

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Mesdag in zijn atelier, 1904 (fotograaf: S. Low)

Research into Hendrik Willem Mesdag as an artist, collector and cultural entrepreneur

The Van Gogh Museum manages The Mesdag Collection in The Hague. This study will examine and compare the different roles of the man after whom the museum is named.

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Jo Bonger met haar zoon Vincent Willem (bron: AdLib)


There are two biographies planned: about Jo Bonger, wife of Theo van Gogh, and a biography of Vincent Willem van Gogh, the son of Theo van Gogh and Jo Bonger.

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Kleurenreconstructie van De Slaapkamer in app Touch Van Gogh (detail)

REVIGO: REassessing VIncent van GOgh

The Van Gogh Museum is involved in a four-year research project into the colour changes in Van Gogh’s work, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

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Röntgenfoto van Landschap bij avondschemering (detail)

Automated Canvas Analysis: a new tool for sequencing Van Gogh’s paintings

Recently, the importance of computational science and engineering has been recognized. Due to these developments, the Van Gogh Museum established the so-called Thread Count Analysis in 2007.

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Thannhauser gallery

Van Gogh Studies: Thannhauser Gallery and the marketing of modern art

This research and publication focusses on the important role of the Thannhauser Gallery for the promotion and distribution of works by Vincent van Gogh.

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