Vincent Van Gogh sculpture to be donated to Welwyn

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 June 2018

Anthony Padgett with his Van Gogh sculpture. Picture: Anthony Padgett.

Anthony Padgett with his Van Gogh sculpture. Picture: Anthony Padgett.

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An award-winning sculptor will donate some of his work to Welwyn as a tribute to the area’s Vincent Van Gogh links.

The Van Gogh sculpture. Picture: Anthony Padgett.The Van Gogh sculpture. Picture: Anthony Padgett.

Anthony Padgett has studied the one-eared artist and created a bust based on detailed analysis of his self-portraits, which has subsequently been lauded as “very remarkable” by Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.

Van Gogh was said to have travelled to the village from Ramsgate in 1876 to visit his sister Anna, who was working in a girls’ boarding school.

Anthony is donating his cold-cast sculpture to five sites across Europe with links to the artist.

“I see it as an honour and a privilege to create such a work and I hope that you like the work,” he said.

The Van Gogh sculpture. Picture: Anthony Padgett.The Van Gogh sculpture. Picture: Anthony Padgett.

The bust will be officially unveiled at 10.30am on Saturday, June 30, during a ceremony in front of Bridge Cottage Surgery opposite the High Street car park.

There will then be refreshments at the Civic Centre and a chance to see the sculpture up close.

Anthony told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “This is the first representational sculpture of Vincent Van Gogh to be sited in a public space in the UK.

“The works coincide with the release of the film ‘Loving Vincent’ last year and the blockbuster exhibition at Tate Britain of Van Gogh’s work next year which will celebrate his time in England.”

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