Monday, 18 June 2012

The world largest collection of van Gogh paintings and drawings, Amsterdam

In the Paulus Potterstraat in Amsterdam, near the concert building, you find the van Gogh Museum. It houses the largest collection of paintings, drawings and letters of van Gogh in the world. A total of 1.400 pieces of art. The museum is always crowded and you are not allowed to take pictures inside. We find this always very annoying but this is a museum you should still visit. We learned a lot about the life of the artist van Gogh, he lived together with his brother Theo, he loved nature, he had a troubled live and committed suicide by shooting himself.

We were not allowed to take pictures in the museum but still had to share some impressions with the readers who are not so familiar with the work of van Gogh. To do this we bought some postcards which we now add to the article. His most famous work is the “Sunflowers”. Van Gogh lived from 1853 till 1890 and is one of the most important Dutch painters. He started painting because he couldn’t find a job and was laid off by the Belgian mine industry. A self developed talent.

In de Paulus Potterstraat te Amsterdam, in de buurt van het concertgebouw, vind je het van Gogh museum. Het bevat werelds grootste verzameling schilderijen, tekeningen en brieven van, van Gogh. In totaal meer als 1.400 kunstwerken. Het museum is altijd druk bezocht en je mag er geen foto’s maken. Wij vinden dit ongelooflijk vervelend maar raden toch aan het museum te bezoeken. We hebben veel bijgeleerd over het leven van, van Gogh. Hij woonde samen met zijn broer Theo, hij hield van het platte land, hij had geen makkelijk leven en pleegde zelfmoord door zichzelf neer te schieten. 

We mochten geen foto’s nemen in het museum maar wilden toch enkele impressies met onze lezers delen die van Gogh niet zo goed kennen. Hiervoor kochten we enkele prentkaarten die we aan het artikel hebben toegevoegd. Zijn meest bekende werk heet de “Zonnebloemen”. Van Gogh leefde van 1853 tot 1890 en is één van de meest belangrijke Nederlandse schilders. Hij begon te schilderen omdat hij geen werk kon vinden na zijn ontslag in de Belgische mijnindustrie. Een zelf omwikkeld talent.. 
van Gogh Museum

van Gogh Sunflowers

van Gogh Self-portrait
Self-portrait with grey felt hat

van Gogh potato eaters
the potato eaters

van Gogh Agostina Segatori
Agostina Segatori in the cafe du Tambourin

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  1. Eén van de 'grote' schilders uit de 19de eeuw, Filip !

  2. I never been in Amsterdam! It's good idea to visit this city!

  3. How lucky that you got to see this exhibit. I love his painting technique.

  4. He is one of my favourite painters next to Claude Monet...I like a lot the museum in Amsterdam, although its always so crowded in there...a lovely place to enjoy the works of Van Gogh is definitely the Kröller-Müller-Museum, close to the German border, I simply adore the mix of museum in the middle of a park:-)))

  5. What a wonderful idea to do the postcards along with your tour!!! I am very familiar with Van Gogh and know all these paintings. I have read his book of letters to his brother Theo. I think in modern times he might have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and that his mental problems added to his talent. I get SO upset when these kind of places will not let us take pictures, especially if we are paying. I do know that the flash is not good for some things, but some places won't even let you take pictures without a flash. I will not even go to these place, I think it is very unfair. Have you heard the song Starry Night by Don McLean? It is beautiful and about Van Gogh's talent.

  6. thank you for taking us along

    Have a GREAT Week

    Aloha from Waikiki,
    Comfort Spiral
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  7. he was an odd fellow w/ a unique style. :)

  8. Very nice. Thank you for sharing.

  9. I visited there years ago and thought it was amazing. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  10. Wouhaaaaaaaaaaa!! que de monde pour entrer dans ce musée...Patience patience!!!!TRès bel article sur van gogh!! Biosusssssssssss

  11. WOW geweldig om daar eens rond te wandelen!
    Pracht foto`s heb j er van gemaakt, heel sfeervol.
    Groetjes Cristien.

  12. Amazing exhibition, I admire a lot Van Gogh artwork!

  13. I was surprised at the size of the queue, but then I shouldn't be it is the same all over the world where there is something interesting to see. Sunflowers are a favourite of mine and I have always admired this Van Gogh painting.

  14. What a wonderful experience to see his paintings!!

  15. I heard so much about Van Gogh but am not so much of a person interested in paintings, i dont know how to appreciate it in full but I do like some of his work.

  16. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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