Are you a graduate in 19th-century, Western European art history who completed his/her studies in the past three years? If so, you are eligible for the Van Gogh Museum Research Grant worth € 5,000.
The Van Gogh Museum has inaugurated the Van Gogh Museum Research Grant to enable recent art history graduates to research a subject related to the museum collection for the purpose of a publication.
The grant is worth € 5,000 and can be used to adapt a graduate dissertation or other current research for the purposes of a publication, for example an article or essay.
For more information, please contact Martine Blok (Management Assistant Sector Museum Affairs): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ronald de Leeuw
From 2009 to 2014 this grant was known as the Ronald de Leeuw Research Grant. Ronald de Leeuw was the director of the Van Gogh Museum between 1986 and 1996. He always promoted research into 19th-century, Western European art history.
Since 2009 the grants have been given to the following art historians:
2018: Fiona Saint-Davis studies at the University of Plymouth in England. She will use the grant from the Van Gogh Museum to conduct further research into the brothel drawings of Émile Bernard, a contemporary of Vincent van Gogh. Fiona’s research will help to better place the drawings, which are part of the Van Gogh Museum collection, in their (art) historical context. Why did Bernard choose to draw brothel scenes? What role did brothels play at the time? Fiona’s insights may also improve our understanding of how Van Gogh dealt with this subject.
2017: Aaron Slodounik researched the collaboration between Paul Gauguin and the poet Charles Morice for the publication of Gauguin’s fictionalized travel journal Noa Noa (1893–94). He is currently working on a thesis at the City University of New York on the artistic interaction between Gauguin and Symbolist poets. The grant will enable him to consult primary sources at various locations in the US and Europe.
2016: Maria Golovteeva researched the relationship between photography, painting and sculpture in the work of the Belgian Symbolist artist Fernand Khnopff.
2015: Evelien de Visser has written a research proposal on the topic of collecting art in The Netherlands in the nineteenth century.
2014: David de Haan performed archive research into art reviews among Dutch art societies between 1830 and 1880. The members of these societies were increasingly drawn from the new class of wealthy citizens and the form of the art reviews changed accordingly.
2013: Wendy van Lith wrote an essay about the society portrait in the Netherlands between 1870 and 1905. In this essay she compares this portrait art with Dutch 17th-century tradition and places it in an international context (London, Paris, Munich).
2012: Sara Tas wrote an article entitled Between patriotism and internationalism. Contemporary art at the Musée du Luxembourg in the nineteenth century (Journal of the History of Collections, 2014). In this article she studies the political role of this institute and the importance of the museum for the artists.
2010: Helewise Berger developed a research plan for a (PhD) project entitled Het mondaine leven. De verbeelding van vermaak en vrijetijdsbesteding, 1870-1914 (Fashionable life. The portrayal of entertainment and leisure activities, 1870-1914). The central theme here is how fashionable life in the Netherlands originated in art and subsequently developed.
2009: Philippa Kaina travelled to Paris to study the source material on the posthumous studio sales of Edgar Degas.