Tag: Art

Van Gogh and Amsterdam

When in Amsterdam we went to the Van Gogh Museum. This museum has the world´s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh: more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 letters as well as van Gogh´s own collection of Japanese prints.

We went there on a Friday, the museum is open longer (until ten) and there is music in the evening. The exhibition is great with many beautiful paintings.

My favourite painting is called “Almond blooms”. It is – to me – different from his other paintings. This one has much more life, joy and energy. People have commented that this painting looks Asian. Probably Van Gogh was influenced by some of his Japanese prints.

There is another website, The Vincent van Gogh Gallery, where you can browse Vincent van Gogh’s works and letters in a complete online catalogue.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Rembrandt and Amsterdam

I have been in Amsterdam and while there we went to Rijksmuseum – National Museum of Art and History. While the restoration of the main building is underway, the Rijksmuseum displays the crème de la crème of its permanent collection in the Philips Wing. The exhibition is titled “The Masterpieces” and offers the unique opportunity to view all the highlights of the Golden Age in one place.

One of the paintings shown is of course the famous “Night Watch”, a large and beautiful painting (see image). We went to the museum on a Saturday. Word of advice, do like we did and go early. That way you avoid long lines waiting to get in and it is less crowded inside which makes it easier to get a good view of the paintings.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.