The exhibition traces Van Gogh’s career from his decision to become an artist at the age of 27, to his stay in a psychiatric hospital, and his eventual suicide in July 1890.
Displayed alongside the paintings are Van Gogh’s letters to his art dealer brother, Theo, and other family members and artist friends.
The letters give a fascinating insight into the way Van Gogh worked, the materials he used, the methods he experimented with, and the subjects he painted.
The much-hyped exhibition is going to be popular. If you want to avoid the crowds, I’m told the best times to visit are Friday evenings (until 10pm) or Saturday evenings (until 9pm).
The Royal Academy is also organising some exclusive Sunday evening viewings on 7 and 21 March and 4 April. Look out for details on the Royal Academy website over the coming week, or register an interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.