Van Gogh landscape paintings exhibition to open in Basel

Van Gogh landscape paintings exhibition to open in BaselBasel, Switzerland  - A collection of 70 landscape paintings by Vincent Van Gogh will open in Basel next week, the Kunstmuseum in the Swiss city announced Thursday.

The art museum is billing the exhibition, set to run until September, as "the world's first complete survey of landscape paintings" by the Dutch legend.

Alongside the main exhibit, the museum will also put on display landscapes from Van Gogh's contemporaries in France, where he spent the last years of his short life, including Camille Corot and Henri Matisse.

Van Gogh, a post-impressionist, did not live to see much fame in his life, but his works have gone on to be some of the most expensive in the world. One work, the Portrait of Dr. Gachet, created in his final year, sold in 1990 for 82.5 million dollars.

In 1890, at the age of 37, the artist killed himself outside Paris where he had been living for several years. (dpa)

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