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A painting that played a key role in making Vincent van Gogh internationally famous and which was later owned by the American millionaire on whom Ian Fleming modelled his arch-villain Goldfinger is to go on sale at TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s greatest art fair.

Photo: Loraine Bodewes

Photo: Loraine Bodewes

Moulin de la Galette will be exhibited by Dickinson of London and New York. TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) will take place from 14-23 March 2014 in Maastricht in the southern Netherlands. “This is a painting that has everything,” says James Roundell of Dickinson. “It was painted in Paris during a hugely important period in Van Gogh’s life when he changed from painting sombre scenes of Dutch peasant life to producing brilliantly-coloured Post-Impressionist landscapes. It is rare to have such a prominent signature in a work of this date and it is one of only two of his series of paintings depicting windmills of Montmartre still in private hands, which was last exhibited in public in 1965.”

TEFAF Maastricht is renowned for its commitment to excellence, expertise and elegance. This is reflected not only in the magnificent range of rare works that are offered for sale at the Fair, which takes place in the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre), but also in the number of art collectors, both private and institutional, who regard TEFAF as a must-see event in the art market calendar.

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