“Discover the life and work of Vincent van Gogh in the most visited museum of The Netherlands.”
Van Gogh Life and Career
The Van Gogh Museum has the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh. Along with its three floors, you will find, among other things, more than 200 original works by the Dutch painter.
The Van Gogh Museum, located at the Museumplein, is the most visited museum in the Netherlands, averaging 1.5 million visitors a year. In 2017, the institution broke a record, with 2.26 million visitors that year.
The collection includes world-famous paintings, such as Self-portrait as a Painter (1887-88), Almond Blossom (1890), Sunflowers (1889), and The Potato Eaters (1885). Those paints’ photos you can admire here on this post.
The paintings are organized chronologically, which makes it easier to observe the artist’s evolution, with the rural scenes from the beginning to the tormented works at the end of his life. In addition, you will learn about the importance of his brother, Theo, and his family, in Van Gogh’s life and career.
The exhibition is a rich summary of Vincent’s biography (1853-1890). It starts talking about the Young Vincent (1853-1873); showing the struggling process to find a professional direction (1873-1881); and, narrating his first steps as an artist (1881-1883) and the process to become a pleasant artist (1883-1885). Then, the exhibition shows his development from dark to light during his period in Paris and Provence (1886-1888) until his turbulent period in South of France (1888-1890); and, his period in the mental hospital (1889-1890) and his last months before committing suicide (1890).
Vincent van Gogh decided to become an artist at the age of 27 and died young at the age of 37 years old. In less than 10 years, he painted almost 900 paintings. Despite his unstable mental health and short career, he was very productive: he made about 150 paintings in a year during his period in the hospital, including Almond Blossom. After Vincent’s death, the appreciation for his art increased and his fame was rising.
I am a big fan of Van Gogh, mainly due to my father’s influence since I was little, and I love the Van Gogh Museum to understand more about Van Gogh’s history, evolution as an artist, and creative process.
However, Van Gogh’s best collections or exhibitions, in my opinion, are Starry Night over the Rhône (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) and Starry Night (MoMA, New York).
Get to know more about other museums in Amsterdam, read this blog.
Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam