Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Art of Vincent Van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Here are a few of Van Gogh's paintings that are on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. They are posted in chronological order. Many of his most known works were painted in the last couple years of his life when he used more and more color. All paintings shown below are in the public domain and shown here via Wikimedia Commons.

Paige's favorites were the almond branch painting because it was painted in celebration of Theo's (his beloved brother and supporter) son's birth and is such a happy painting, and the Wheatfield with Crows because of the depth of emotion shown. Plus, she knew it was one of his last. I love many of his paintings and especially all his blues and yellows.

Potato Eaters April 1885     An early work

Still Life with Bible April 1885

Self Portrait with Straw Hat 1887

Self Portrait with Felt Hat  winter 1887-88

Pair of Wooden Shoes, Arles, March 1888

Vincent's Bedroom in Arles  October 1888

Vase with Irises against a Yellow Background, May 1890

Blossoming Almond Branches,  Saint-Remy February 1890

Notes below are from vangoghgallery.com: 
Originally painted as a gift for his brother Theo’s newborn son, Almond Blossom is an oil on canvas painting inspired by Japanese prints with a blue background and almond branches covered in blossoms in the foreground. 
After the birth of his nephew, Van Gogh wrote the following in a letter to his mother from February 20, 1890,
“I imagine that, like me, your thoughts are much with Jo and Theo: how glad I was when the news came that it had ended well: it was a good thing that Wil stayed on. I should have greatly preferred him to call the boy after Father, of whom I have been thinking so much these days, instead of after me; but seeing it has now been done, I started right away to make a picture for him, to hang in their bedroom, big branches of white almond blossom against a blue sky.”
Theo named the newborn Vincent after his brother, and Vincent seemed quite proud to share this painting with him as it was a symbol of new life and the coming of spring.  In a letter to his brother Theo from March 15 of 1890 Van Gogh wrote,
“My work was going well, the last canvas of branches in blossom – you will see that it was perhaps the best, the most patiently worked thing I had done, painted with calm and with a greater firmness of touch.”

Wheatfield with Crows,  June 1890       One of his last works

Next we are on to the famous Rijksmuseum.


Joanie said...

Amazing to me that he only sold 1 work in his life. His words are so touching and reveal a real person in his letter to his mother. thanks for sharing with us.

Lori Lipsky said...

Many of his letters to his brother and others are left behind, so it's possible to get a better idea of the man he really was. That's part of the attraction of his legacy, I think.
Thanks for your note, Joanie.

Robin J. Steinweg said...

For me, it's a toss-up between the irises and the almond branch; they are both magnificent.

Have you seen the movie about him? I wonder how true to fact it was...

Lori Lipsky said...

I haven't seen any of the movies yet. There are quite a few. About.com picks four of the best. I think I would start with the 1987 film since it pulls its words from Van Gogh's letters, so should be more trustworthy.
Which one did you see?

The Prude said...

Why didn't my comment show up? I picked my favorites and everything. Harumph.