The Van Gogh Museum Research Grant is no longer available.
The Van Gogh Museum Research Grant was established in 2009. The grant enabled recent art history graduates to research a subject related to the museum collection, working towards a publication. This grant was discontinued in 2019 as it no longer aligned with the current research policy.
Since 2009, grants have been awarded to the following art historians:
- 2018: Fiona Saint-Davis studies at the University of Plymouth in England. She used the grant to conduct research into the brothel drawings of Émile Bernard, a contemporary of Vincent van Gogh.
- 2017: Aaron Slodounik conducted research into the collaboration between Paul Gauguin and the poet Charles Morice for the publication of Gauguin’s fictional travelogue Noa Noa (1893-94). At The City University of New York, Slodounik is working on his doctoral dissertation exploring the artistic interaction between Gauguin and the Symbolistic poets. The grant will enable him to consult primary sources at various locations in America and Europe.
- 2016: Maria Golovteeva conducted research into the relationship between photography, painting and sculpture in the oeuvre of Belgian symbolist artist Fernand Khnopff.
- 2015: Evelien de Visser wrote a research proposal on the topic of Dutch contemporary art collectors between 1850 and 1900.
- 2014: David de Haan conducted archival research into art exhibitions at Dutch art societies between 1830 and 1880. The members of these societies were increasingly from the new class of wealthy citizens, and the style of exhibitions changed accordingly.
- 2013: Wendy van Lith wrote an essay on the Dutch society portrait between 1870 and 1905. In this essay, she compared this portraiture with the Dutch 17th-century tradition and placed it in an international context (London, Paris, Munich).
- 2012: Sara Tas wrote an article entitled Between Patriotism and Internationalism. Contemporary Art at the Musée du Luxembourg in the Nineteenth Century (Journal of the History of Collections, 2014). In the article, Tas examines the political role of the institute and the importance of the museum for artists.
- 2010: Helewise Berger developed a research plan for a (PhD) project entitled Fashionable Life. The Portrayal of Entertainment and Leisure Activities, 1870-1914. The central theme is how fashionable life in the Netherlands originated in art and subsequently developed.
- 2009: Philippa Kaina travelled to Paris to conduct research into source material on the posthumous studio sales of Edgar Degas.
Ronald de Leeuw
From 2009 until 2014, this grant was known as the Ronald de Leeuw Research Grant. Ronald de Leeuw was Director of the Van Gogh Museum between 1986 and 1996, and has always championed research into 19th-century Western European art history.