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Monday, September 12, 2011

We Visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Paige and I took a taxi to the Van Gogh Museum the next morning. It was to be a day of three museums and I wanted to start out with fresh legs. The taxi cost was quite reasonable so I was relieved and glad for the decision.

Paige has a heart for tortured souls with artistic gifts like Van Gogh. He has always been one of her favorite painters. She’s shed tears for him, and this visit was no exception. Tears welled up (and Paige rarely cries) as she reminded me he only sold one painting in his entire life. Here we were in a museum filled with his work, viewing it along with hundreds of visitors from all over the world.  And only one painting sold in his lifetime.

Our visit to the Van Gogh museum was one of the highlights of the vacation. Paige knew the history behind some of his works and I enjoyed hearing the stories. The museum atmosphere was so pleasant—we loved our visit. We had great fun in the gift shop afterward, too.

Photography is not permitted in the Van Gogh galleries, but some photographers have been allowed permission in the past and some allow public domain usage via Wikimedia commons, plus many of the paintings are no longer copyrighted because of age.


Here's a bit of a tour in case you haven't made it to the Van Gogh Museum yet:


The Van Gogh Museum.   We purchased our tickets at the hotel, so there was no wait in line.
photo by Warrox via Wikimedia Commons

Van Gogh Museum interior
photo by Jan Tito, Dordrecht, ND via Wikimedia Commons


photo by Nick Sprakel, Utrecht, ND via Wikimedia Commons


photo by Nick Sprakel, Utrecht, ND via Wikimedia Commons


photo by Nick Sprakel, Utrecht, ND via Wikimedia Commons


photo by Minke Wagenaar, Amsterdam, ND via Wikimedia Commons






photo by Nick Sprakel, Utrecht, ND via Wikimedia Commons

Next post--A bit more of Van Gogh's genius. Then we head to the Rijksmseum.

3 comments:

The Prude said...

I, too, am a Van Gogh lover who has been in tears for him. His work and colors are incredible. So glad Paige got to see them.
What did you think, Lori? Do you like Van Gogh?

Lori Lipsky said...

Oh yes, and even more after the museum visit.

Robin J. Steinweg said...

I didn't realize he'd only sold one. Only one. No wonder Paige wept.

Thank you so much for sharing these!