In this guide you will be introduced to Van Gogh's masterpieces at the Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh's paintings, drawings, letters and prints in the world. Written in an engaging style, this museum guide describes the masterpieces of the collection.
In 2014 the Van Gogh museum redesigned the presentation of its permanent collection, putting more emphasis on the artist’s tortured life. You will be able to follow Van Gogh's development by seeing all of his great works, and will also get to know his personal ambitions, his emotions, the myths and his major influence on art until today. Although the display is basically chronological, the work has been arranged according to certain themes. As a visitor you can follow the on-going search of an extraordinary artist.
You will read about the basics and will discover some of the ideas and ambitions behind his art. For the purpose of clarity, we will stick to a chronological presentation, while discussing works by Van Gogh and by other artists separately. After briefly discussing the artist's life and work, the book not only focuses on Van Gogh's masterworks such as the Potato Eaters, the Sunflowers, the Irises and his Bedroom at the Yellow House in Arles, but also describes many of his less well-known paintings.
Since Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo collected work by their contemporaries, these are also on display at the Van Gogh Museum. The book contains pictures by Seurat, Signac, Pissarro, Lautrec, Gauguin and Bernard, some predecessors such as Millet and Breton, and modern artists that followed in his footsteps. This will show you the context, and the impact Van Gogh had on modern art.
About the Author
Liesbeth Heenk is a Dutch art historian specialized in Van Gogh.
Table of Contents
The Building 1
Short Biography of Vincent van Gogh 4
Permanent Collection 9
The Netherlands 11
Antwerp (1885 - 1886) 14
Paris (1886 - 1888) 17
Arles (1888 - 1889) 24
Saint-Rémy (1889 - 1890) 29
Auvers-sur-Oise (1890) 34
Other Artists in the Collection 36
Practical Information 53
Further Reading 55
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Must read before your visit to the Van Gogh Museum I read this concise guide before I went to Amsterdam, and was very pleased I did that. It is so much easier to appreciate the works of art on display when you know what to look for. The descriptions in the guide were precisely right, and I loved the many color illustrations of Van Gogh’s work. Recommended reading!