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Edinburgh Art Festival celebrates the work of Van Gogh

Issue No. 2009

Van Gogh’s Alexander Reid portrait

Van Gogh’s Alexander Reid portrait

The season of Edinburgh festivals kicks off with the art festival. The galleries in the cities have organised an impressive selection of work including painting, sculpture and visual media.

The Royal Museum is holding an exhibition called Beyond the Palace Walls.

It will include over 170 works of Islamic art dating from the 8th to the 19th centuries, all taken from the walls of the winter palace in St Petersburg, and many of which have never been seen before outside Russia.

In the Scottish National Portrait Gallery there is a photo exhibition of the work of Harry Benson.

In the Queen’s Gallery there is a collection of paintings by the Italian artist Canaletto.

The Dean Gallery is exhibiting a collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings with over 30 works, including Peach Blossom in the Crau (1889), A Wheatfield with Cypresses (1889) and Rain-Auvers (1890).

They are also holding a number of free events including a weekly film showing of Vincent: The Full Story, and a number of lectures including “Van Gogh’s Last Paintings - Joy or Despair?” and “Van Gogh’s Painting Materials and Techniques: Paris Encounters”.

The City Art Centre has an exhibition of rare lithographic prints exploring the history of French posters from the early 19th century Romantic period through to Art Nouveau.

It includes 15 of the most famous works by Toulouse-Lautrec, including the large poster La Goulue, which he designed in 1891 for the Moulin Rouge.

Edinburgh Art Festival

Until 3 September

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Sat 15 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2009
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