Tate exhibition looks at Van Gogh's early years in London

Children look at 'Trees in the Garden in Front of the Entrance to Saint-Paul Hospital' (1889) by Vincent van Gogh during the preview for the upcoming Van Gogh and Britain exhibition at Tate Britain in London, Monday March 25, 2019. The Van Gogh and Britain exhibition takes a new look at the artist through his relationship with Britain, and how he was inspired by British art, literature and culture. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Vincent Van Gogh left just one painting of Britain, but a new exhibition shows that London was a big influence on the sunflower-loving Dutch artist

LONDON — Vincent Van Gogh left behind just one painting of a British scene, but a new exhibition shows that London was a big influence on the Dutch artist.

The exhibition at Tate Britain charts the time Van Gough spent in the city as a young man between 1873 and 1876. In London, he worked as an apprentice art dealer, read the novels of Charles Dickens and sketched the River Thames at dusk.

Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson said Monday that Van Gogh hadn't started painting yet but "the idea was sown then, while in London."

The exhibition, which opens Wednesday and runs until Aug. 11, includes some of Van Gogh's best-known paintings, including "Starry Night Over The Rhone" and "Sunflowers."

His only surviving piece featuring London, 1890's "Prisoners Exercising", also is in the exhibit.

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