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67CD8536 5D83 4B40 AA32 AA71CDE6FE6FVincent van Gogh’s Peach Trees in Blossom (1889)

“Art for the People” might sound like a contemporary idea, but nearly a century ago it was the slogan of a pioneering experiment in the UK. Samuel Courtauld gave his blessing to the scheme, lending Van Gogh’s Peach Trees in Blossom (1889) to the village hall in Silver End, Essex.

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Nick Serota, now the chairman of the Arts Council England, regards this pathbreaking project and the loan of the Van Gogh as one of the events that eventually led to the creation of his own organisation—and national museum programmes to lend to the British regions.

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