Anna de Leeuw asks whether Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch ever met. Discover the answer.
No, the Dutchman and the Norwegian never met in real life. If such a meeting were to have taken place, it would have been in Paris. At the end of the 19th century, the City of Light was the beating heart of modern art – the city that every burgeoning artist simply had to call home.
Van Gogh and Munch both lived in Paris, but not at the same time: Van Gogh from February 1886 until February 1888, and Munch in the spring of 1885 and at intervals between 1889 and 1892. In 1885, Munch did actually live very close to Vincent’s brother Theo, just a few doors further down the rue Laval. We don’t know whether Munch and Theo ever actually met.