Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous painters in the world, and with just one look at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, you can see why. Van Gogh’s infamous self-removal of his ear and his well-documented mental health problems aren’t what makes Vincent Van Gogh famous today it’s his art.
Most artists study for years, even decades, before arriving at a style and “voice” all their own. Alltogether, however, Vincent Van Gogh’s art career spanned only 10 years. In those ten years he created hundreds of paintings and thousands of drawings, each of them displaying more talent than the last. 864 of Van Gogh’s painting and 1,200 of his drawings survive today, and are displayed all over the world. The largest display of Van Gogh’s work is in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, with 200 of Van Gogh’s paintings and 437 of his drawings.
Though a visit to the Van Gogh Museum is about enjoying the work of a great artist, it’s true that Van Gogh has a fascinating personal history. And one of the most interesting things about the Van Gogh Museum is the way that it’s specifically arranged to display that history. From gallery to gallery, his work is arranged chronologically. Each display contains information about what was happening in Van Gogh’s life at the time he painted a particular set of paintings. It’s fascinating to watch a painter evolve in front of your very eyes, and to see some of the greatest Impressionist paintings in the world up close and personal. An experience not to be missed.
The museum is located at Museumplein in Amsterdam, and can be reached from the Van Baerlestraat stop on tram lines 2, 3, 5, and 12. The museum is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and until 10:00pm on Fridays. Adult entry is 10.