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Vincent van Gogh 'not a frenzied artist'

8th October 2009

Newly-published letters challenge the view that Vincent van Gogh was a madman who painted in a frenzy.

A collection at Amsterdam's Van Gogh museum is on display for the first time and was unveiled as part of a project to edit all the artist's known correspondence, which comprises 819 of his own letters and 93 addressed to him.

Hans Luijten, a curator at the museum, said the letters show that Van Gogh deliberately planned a campaign behind his art and was considered mad by his contemporaries because he was ahead of his time.

Leo Jansen, an exhibition organiser, added: 'Every move was thought through - every brush stroke planned. The idea that he was a madman slashing the canvas with paint in a frenzy is rubbish and these letters show this.'

The exhibition opens on October 9th and will run until January 3rd next year, before transferring to London's Royal Academy on January 27th.

A book, Vincent van Gogh - The Letters, has also been released to allow art lovers to read the correspondence.

Last month, it was announced that a collection of Lord Byron's letters to a close friend, which reveal controversial details about the Romantic poet's life, will be auctioned at Sotheby's.

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