The Van Gogh Museum is constantly working on the collection catalogue of the paintings and drawings by Van Gogh’s contemporaries in the museum’s collection.
From early in 2023, the first part will be published digitally in phases. This part addresses the collection of works by contemporaries of Vincent and Theo that the brothers collected during their lives.
Theo and Vincent
Theo and Vincent van Gogh together collected more than 75 paintings and 80 drawings, including the work of Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Hans Heyerdahl and Theophile de Bock. This group of works is at the heart of the Van Gogh Museum’s contemporaries collection.
The Van Gogh Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023. Theo and Vincent van Gogh’s contemporaries collection has been fundamental to the museum collection from the outset, which is why detailed research is being conducted on these works to mark the anniversary.
A special selection of 112 works are comprehensively charted in scientific entries, while an in-depth introductory essay offers a chronological overview of the genesis of the collection.
The catalogue is the result of long-term provenance and art-historical research. This is the first time that the Van Gogh Museum is publishing in-depth research on these works.
In 2023, the entries will be digitally published in phases. The previously published catalogue of paintings and drawings by Odilon Redon will also later be included in this new digital environment, as will all collection catalogues of paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, which up until now have only been released as books.
In the future
To this day, the Van Gogh Museum continues to add to the collection started by Theo and Vincent. Targeted acquisitions fill the gaps in their collection, helping to create a more complete picture of Van Gogh’s time.
The research into the paintings and drawings continues unabated, which means that recent acquisitions such as Woman Bathing by Edgar Degas and Plate of Peaches by Gustave Caillebotte will also be included in the catalogue.
Joost van der Hoeven, Research Associate: email@example.com