Connaught Brown sells rare Vincent van Gogh to Dutch Museum

An important still life by Vincent van Gogh from the autumn of 1884 has been sold by Connaught Brown to the Noordbrabants Museum in The Netherlands. This remarkable work was one of just three in private hands from a series of thirteen still lifes that van Gogh painted from his parents' home in Nuenen. 'Still Life with Bottles and a Cowrie Shell' was amongst the works left in the care of the artist's mother when he travelled to Antwerp in 1885 and subsequently sold by the Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam in 1904.

This autumn the painting will be given pride of place in the museum's remarkable selection of works from van Gogh's Brabant period. The Noordbrabants Museum recently acquired two other early paintings by van Gogh in 2016 and 2017, adding 'Still life with Bottles and a Cowrie Shell' to a collection that celebrates van Gogh's life and work in the Brabant region of The Netherlands.


Read more about the acquisition in Apollo magazine here


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April 18, 2018