The Van Gogh Museum is the most important museum in the world of works by Vincent Van Gogh. The museum houses about a quarter of his paintings, over half of the drawings, including also the artist’s childhood works and almost all the existing letters. The Van Gogh Museum was founded in 1973 thanks to the donation of the collection of works owned by Vincent’s younger brother, Theo and the Van Gogh family.
But the museum does not only have works by Van Gogh. In fact, together with his works, are exhibited also works by Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec etc. The works in the museum represent the main artistic movements of the nineteenth century such as Realism, Impressionism and Symbolism.
A MODERN MUSEUM RICH IN MASTERPIECES
The museum consists of two buildings. The main structure was designed by the architect Gerrit Rietveld and inaugurated in 1973. While the Exhibition Wing was designed by Kisho Kurokawa and completed in 1999.
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is one of the best known and most appreciated painters in the world. This superfine artist produced works only for ten years, between 1880 and 1890, the year of his death. In that decade, Van Gogh produced more than 840 paintings and more than 1000 drawings. As well as many watercolors, lithographs and sketches made on the letters.
The Amsterdam museum houses numerous masterpieces by Vincent Van Gogh. Including over 200 paintings, over 500 drawings and more than 700 letters. The museum also displays the collection of Japanese prints collected by Van Gogh.
Among the most famous works exhibited at the museum we can mention: The potato eaters (1885), Still life with Bible and candelabrum (1885), The bedroom (1888), The yellow house (1888), Gauguin’s chair (1888 ), Almond Blossoms (1890), Wheatfield with crows (1890), Auvers Castle at sunset (1890).
Opening hours: every day 10-18, Friday 10-22.
Tickets: Adults € 10; 13-17 years: € 2.50; 0-12 years: free.
Unfortunately, it is forbidden to take photographs, make films, video and sound recordings inside the museum.
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