Framed by a gleaming new glass entrance hall, world’s largest Van Gogh collection offers a gorgeous line-up of masterworks. Trace the Van Gogh’s life from unsettled start through his impulsive-coloured sunflower phase, and on to the black cloud that descended over him and his paintings. Don’t wait in line or miss out and be sure to buy your Van Gogh Museum tickets in advance.
For van Gogh, art was a spiritual occupation, which he discovered at the age of 27, in 1880. It was a means, Vincent believed, of bringing concentrated on drawing and took farmers as his subjects, experimenting with all kinds of media, such as pen, ink and black chalk. Van Gogh’s early oil paintings similarly used a very dark palette and led in 1885 to the, now so famous, “Potato Eaters”.
Vincent van Gogh both saw and used colour as an emotional strength, and for him yellow signified love. It features most in his “Sunflowers” series of work, which van Gogh painted in the summer of 1888 – all “in one rush”, because the flowers faded so quickly. Anticipating the arrival of mister Gauguin to share his studio, he wanted these pictures…..
This attraction is open 7 days a week and is great to visit in every type of weather.
Opened from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm.
Friday from 9:00 am till 9:00 pm.
Entrance fee for adults: 21,- euro.
For children and youth (0- 17) : Free.
The waiting lines can be long: pre-booked online Van Gogh Museum tickets expedite the process with fast entry to the museum.
Street: Paulus Pottenstraat 7
Zipcode: 1071 CX
Directions: (Museumplein, next to the Rijksmuseum)
Seeing works by the master up close and personal, explained by the accompanying text (we didn’t rent the audio guide), was a treat. There was a special exhibit about one of Van Gogh’s sunflower still lifes (he made 6 total IIRC), which went into depth about his still lifes, use of color, and so on. What caught my breath was the still life “Quinces, Lemons, Pears, and Grapes.” Literally; my wife turned to look at me because I drew a sharp breath. Don’t miss this if you at all care about Vincent Van Gogh’s art. Only 4 stars because I would wish that more of his most famous paintings were there. Starry Night, for instance, and the Cafe painting are not in the collection, or at least not on display.