Van Gogh Museum shows controversial masterpiece ‘The Potato Eaters’

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Five people are sitting in a cramped kitchen having dinner, their faces tired and distorted – bulbous noses, bony gnarled hands. The scene is dark and gloomy. “The Potato Eaters” is one of the first masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and without a doubt the artist’s biggest “failure,” at least according to its critics at the time. Even today, the Dutch painter is more famous for his cheerful paintings – his bright “Sunflowers” and light-flooded southern French landscapes. But now for the first time, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum is devoting an exhibition exclusively to this early depic…

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