Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Our Contiki tour started off with a bang in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. It was my first visit to the country of my ancestors and I wanted to explore as much as possible. Time of course was a problem and I knew I would not be able to see everything. A group of us decided to visit the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum before we were meeting up in the evening for a tour to the famous Red Light District.
Where to buy van Gogh Museum Amsterdam tickets ?
With great excitement we jumped on the tram only to realize that we were going in the wrong direction! After a lot of laughter we arrived at the Van Gogh Museum. We were early but people were already standing in a long row and we still had to buy our tickets.
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Why was I so eager to visit this museum? My first reason was the fact that I have seen some Van Gogh imitations at the house of an artist friend of mine many years ago. I was intrigued by his work and also because he was often called ´crazy´! The second reason was the lack of art museums in South Africa where we can view famous paintings like the Rembrandt´s and Van Gogh´s.Historical museums like this don´t exist where I come from.
Van Gogh Museum Paintings.
The museum made quite an impression on me. It looks very modern from the outside and inside but I found it exceptionally warm. I guess the reason is that most of the paintings are not behind glass and you can actually go quite close to study the art. Not that I am an art expert but Van Gogh was known for his unusual technique.
|Inside the Museum|
You will find this museum fascinating even if you are not a Van Gogh art lover. The art in this museum have been arranged in a way to give you a glimpse into the life of the artist, Van Gogh. It was intimate and warm and I could almost see his life unfold in front of my eyes.
My favourite painting is “The Bedroom”. It was painted in 1888. I took this explanation from the Van Gogh Museum page:
Here, Van Gogh has depicted his bedroom in the Yellow House, furnished with simple pine furniture and his own paintings. Over the bed hang his portraits of the poet Eugène Boch and the soldier Paul-Eugène Milliet.
Color and Perspective
The most striking aspects of this work are the bright patches of contrasting color, the thickly applied paint and the odd perspective. The rear wall appears strangely angled. This is not a mistake: this corner of the Yellow House was, in fact, slightly skewed.
Elsewhere, however, the objects seem to tilt upward because the artist has not applied the laws of perspective accurately. Van Gogh worked this way on purpose. In a letter to Theohe stated that he had “flattened” the interior and left out the shadows so that his picture would more closely resemble a Japanese print. But the artist was interested in more than just making a Japanese image. The simple interior and bright colors were meant to convey notions of “rest” and “sleep,” both literally and figuratively.
|The Bedroom and my favourite Van Gogh Painting|
I found it very interesting that Van Gogh´s artistic career stretched over a period of only 10 years. During this time he produced a full 864 paintings and almost 1,200 drawings! He must have been a busy man. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has the largest collection of his work. More than 200 paintings, 437 drawings and 31 prints.
His work can also be found in at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo (The Netherlands) and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The rest of his work is divided among a large number of museums and private collections around the world, including many in the Netherlands, France, Germany, the United States and Japan.
Although the museum is mainly dedicated to the work of Van Gogh it also hosts art from other artists who inspired Van Gogh or whom he inspired in return.
I spent an amazing 2 hours in this museum and I will always remember this visit fondly.
Date Visited: 31 March 2004
Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Address of the Van Gogh Museum.
The Van Gogh Museum is on Museumplein in Amsterdam, between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. The museum entrance is at Paulus Potterstraat 7.
T +31 (0)20 570 5200
F +31 (0)20 570 5222
Travelling by public transport.
From Central Station in Amsterdam, take tram 2 (towards Nieuw Sloten) or 5 (towards Amstelveen Binnenhof) to the Van Baerlestraat stop.
From Station Amsterdam Zuid/WTC, take tram 5 (towards Central Station) to the Van Baerlestraat stop.
You can also take tram 3 or 12 to the Van Baerlestraat stop, and trams 16 and 24 or bus 145, 170 or 172 to the Museumplein stop.
Van Gogh Museum Hours.
Museum: daily 10:00 to 18:00 Friday to 22:00
Ticket office: daily 10:00 to 17:30, Friday to 21:30.
Shop: daily 10:00 to 17:45, Friday to 21:45.
Museum café: daily 10:00 to 17:30.
Library Museumplein 4: Monday to Friday 10:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 17:00
Closed 1 January
For more information about the museum visit their Website:
The museum strictly prohibits visitors to take photos. I have found these images on the Internet.