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The Montblanc Masters of Art first collection pays tribute to Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, one of the most popular painters of the late 19th century with visionary ideas now seen as precursors to modernism. The collection of five limited edition writing instruments pays homage to the various personal and artistic periods in the painter’s life, taking design inspiration from some of his best-known works and idiosyncratic art style.

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Formed like the palette knife Van Gogh used for his famous impasto technique, the clip on each writing instrument also references the artist’s distinctive pipe, shown in many of his self-portraits. This version is finished with a deep yellow that mimics the Montblanc emblem on the top of the cap.
A warm and vibrant pattern reminiscent of the Provence wheatfields covers the platinum-coated barrel.
The edition features an intricate reference to Van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers, also of 1889, embossed with remarkable detail into the solid Au 750 gold nib.


While the lower part is a reference to his palette knife, the upper part is shaped like Van Gogh’s pipe bowl, decorated with a citrine.
The deep blue of the writing instrument’s barrel is scattered with iridescent sparkling particles that reference the artist’s famous night skies.
The solid Au 750 gold nib on the Limited Edition 888
features an embossing based on Van Gogh’s Almond Blossom of 1890.


The clip takes the shape of the artist’s synonymous pipe as well as his palette knife, and is adorned with a citrine.
The Ag 925 sterling silver barrel features a muted interpretation of Tree Roots, with multi-coloured lacquer inlays.
As an homage to the Golden Ratio, the solid Au 750 gold nib features the symbol of 1.61 (Phi), representing the golden ratio, a timeless aesthetic principle connecting many of the world’s most admired artworks. This golden ratio, or 1.61, also serves as special inspiration for the new Edition limited to 161 and will be featured in all upcoming Masters of Art collections.


Van Gogh’s documented fondness for pipe smoking is captured in the clip’s detail, with the upper part shaped like a pipe’s bowl and set here with a fire opal.
A truly stunning piece, the barrel and cap of this edition have been hand painted by master ateliers in a faithful rendering of Van Gogh’s style, with strokes of warm tones representing the wheatfields of the Provence. The swirling, textural pattern is bespoke to each writing instrument, giving them the quality of a painted canvas.
The edition features an intricate reference to Van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers, also of 1889, embossed with remarkable detail into the solid Au 750 gold nib.

Limited edition 4810

Limited Edition 888

Limited edition 161

Limited edition 90

A fitting tribute to a legendary artist

Montblanc is proud to cooperate with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, to ensure that the Masters of Art Homage to Vincent Van Gogh Limited Editions align with the museum’s insights.. As the leading authority in scholarly research into the work and life of Vincent van Gogh, the Van Gogh Museum acts as a guardian of Vincent Van Gogh’s heritage.  

Montblanc in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.