Well on our last day we decided to revisit the Van Gogh Museum that we had last visited nearly 40 years ago. Since it was just around the corner from our hotel we knew that we had plenty of time to take in a few more sites and this time we chose to do it by way of a canal cruise. The first leg of the journey we sailed the canals that we had walked along on our first day passing under the now familiar bridges.
|A new view point from which to admire the bridges|
|Houseboats moored along the canals|
|The harbour area north of Central Station including the |
EYE Film Institute, Science Centre NEMO and The National
It dawned on us that when we first visited this museum it couldn't have been open for very long as it was built in 1973 and we went on a camping holiday to Holland around that time and one of the highlights was visiting it. We were not disappointed this time either as the route through allowed you to follow the short (he was only an artist from 1880 - 1890) but very productive (800 paintings, 1000 drawings and a large number of watercolours,lithographs and sketches) career.
What also helped set every thing in context was the many letters to his brother Theo and some of his friends, including Paul Gaugin, which you can read here.
Van Gogh was largely self-taught with only a few classes at academies in Brussels and Anterp and as a result he developed a very unique style. I hope that the images of his work, which represent the different phases of his working life, inspire you as they have many artists over the years.
Early Work To 1886
|Portrait of Theo|
|Small Pear Tree|
|The Garden at St Paul's Hospital|
|View of Auvers|
|Wheatfields with Crows|