Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen buys Vincent van Gogh’s Still Life with Potatoes

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is proud to announce that it has acquired Still Life with Potatoes (Paris, winter 1886-87) by Vincent van Gogh. The painting was presented on 11 March 2024 at Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

The painting has been on loan to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen for more than forty years. The risk with a long-term loan – especially with such a big name as Vincent van Gogh – is that the owner will request its return or sell it, possibly abroad. This purchase ensures that this Van Gogh painting will be preserved for the National Art Collection. This acquisition would not have been made possible without the generous support of the Rembrandt Association, the Mondriaan Fund, the VriendenLoterij, Bruynzeel and private donors and bequests. The museum thanks them all for their crucial support.

Our collection now contains seven paintings by Vincent van Gogh. The ‘Potatoes’ are a pivotal point in his development: from the dark Brabant paintings to the splendidly colourful works he painted in France. Ina Klaassen, director Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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Vincent van Gogh, Still Life with Potatoes (1886-87)


Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Gift from a private collection. Purchase with support from the Rembrandt Association (thanks in part to the Dura Kunstfonds, the Gisbert van Laack Fonds, the 19th-Century Painting Fund and the annual contribution from the Cultuurfonds), the Nationaal Museaal Aankoopfonds, the Mondriaan Fund, the Van Eyck Circle, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation, Boijmans Business Club and Boijmans Corporate Members, the VriendenLoterij, Bruynzeel, various private and corporate donors and funds from the estate of Mrs N.C. Van Riemsdijk-Borsje.

Still Life with Potatoes

Vincent van Gogh painted Still Life with Potatoes in Paris, after studying for a short period at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1885. While his paintings in his native Brabant – such as The Potato Eaters – had a dark, restricted palette, in France he was inspired to make brightly coloured works. Still Life with Potatoes is a pivotal work in this transition. It is less sombre in tone than his Dutch works and is very expressive. He wrote to his brother Theo about painting and depicting potatoes. Van Gogh said that he wanted to depict the potatoes in such a way that they would appear as as in real life. He wanted to give the impression that you could throw them.

The vereniging Rembrandt helps museums to buy great works of art so that they can be seen by everyone. This special still life by Vincent Van Gogh is one of these great works. When the opportunity arose to buy this painting, the museum asked the Vereniging Rembrandt for generous support, which it was able to give thanks to the involvement of its around 17,500 members Geert-Jan Janse, director Vereniging Rembrandt

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The world-renowned art collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has over the span of 170 years expanded to more than 151,000 artefacts, which includes some 63,000 paintings, photos, films, pre-industrial design and design objects, contemporary art installations and sculptures, as well as 88,000 prints and drawings.

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