A little bit of … Vincent!

Purchases made from the Van Gogh Museum

I know I am a little late with my promise of telling you about our visit to the Van Gogh Musuem in Amsterdam but I guess the saying “better late than never” applies here.

We really enjoyed our trip there and learnt so much. My husband is not really an art person but I can honestly say he enjoyed it too.

There are two buildings (the Reitveld Building and the Kurokawa Wing) with a light and airy entrance hall joining the two. Within both buildings there are four floors of Van Gogh art to enjoy.

Admittedly, before I went to the museum I didn’t really know much about Van Gogh and his life save for the viewing of his most famous paintings in other art galleries.

I found his paintings of peasant life and his famous painting The Potato Eaters interesting. If I remember correctly there was an entire floor dedicated to his study of them.

Probably my favourite painting of the trip was his artwork entitled Almond Blossom hence the purchase of the pen. I’m not sure why exactly, maybe it’s the colours on the canvas or maybe it’s the story behind it. He painted this piece in 1890 to symbolise new young life after the birth of his nephew, Vincent Willem.

I remember the top floor taught us about his life and family connections. He was closest to his brother, Theo and after his death Theo was determined to make his brother’s art more widely known but sadly died six months later. His sister-in-law, Jo van Gogh-Bonger took on the task with some success, then after her death, young Vincent Willem took over to form the Vincent van Gogh Foundation.

I hope you have enjoyed learning a little about Vincent van Gogh and if you are a fan and haven’t been I would definitely recommend a trip!

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