VAN GOGH MUSEUM
Master of color
Let us guide you into Van Gogh’s world, the world’s largest collection of his artworks.
“Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul.
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh discovered his artistic vocation in 1880, having worked previously as an art dealer and a lay preacher. Vincent lived and painted in the Netherlands until 1885, producing dark images of peasants that emphasised their hardship. In 1886, he moved to Paris and his palette became brighter and more intense.
In 1888 van Gogh settled in Arles in the south of France, but the years 1888-90 were tumultuous for him. He quarrelled with Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), with whom he had hoped to set up an artists' cooperative, and cut off his own ear. Subsequently he spent time in an asylum at St Rémy before moving to Auvers in 1880 to be near his brother Theo, who supported him financially all his life. However, on 29 July 1890 he committed suicide. He left over 800 paintings and drawings; his work had an enormous influence on Expressionism, Fauvism and Abstract art.
You will see how he became obsessed with the power of colour as a symbol and evolved his own style of great swirling brushstrokes. Among many of his amazing artworks, you will see Sunflowers that was painted during van Gogh's stay in Arles before his decline into insanity. The entire canvas is based on broad, thickly painted areas of yellows and browns.
We suggest to visit “Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature” (temporary exhibition 1 March - 26 May) in addition to permanent exhibition and discover more parallels between the two artists.
1 hour - 15 min coffee break (optional) - 1 hour
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Your art-guide in Amsterdam - Hanna Yakovleva:
London Christie's Education and Sotheby’s Institute of Art graduate.
With love for art and history, she creates educational programs that inspire, lectures on art history and art business, promotes art collecting and find art pieces on clients' requests. She will make your museum visit productive and entertaining.
Fluent in English and in Russian.