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There’s a mini exhibition on at the Eykyn Maclean Gallery in London, called Van Gogh In Paris. The gallery is rather posh – it’s in Mayfair after all – but the exhibition is free to view, although you have to register for a ticket online first. It’s small but well worth a visit, with beautiful works by Van Gogh and some of his contemporaries including Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin.

The exhibition looks at the experience and inspiration Van Gogh gained while in Paris between 1886 and 1888. I never used to like his paintings, but in the last few years I’ve begun to change my opinion. The painting I liked the most in the exhibition was actually of a pair of shoes – they are dark, old and muddy and looking at them you can imagine the wearer tramping through the fields.

The exhibition runs until the 29th of November, Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 4pm, at Eykyn Maclean, 30 Saint George Street (near Oxford Circus).

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