What’s your favourite painting by Van Gogh? Vincent was pleased with this still life; he only signed and dated a work if he was satisfied with it.
🌻Vincent van Gogh, Carafe and Dish with Citrus Fruit (1887)
Mental health problems come in all shapes and sizes, and are of all time. Vincent was certainly no stranger to the struggles of a psychological condition, and suffered numerous mental crises. And yet he remained positive and kept the faith.✨
Success doesn’t always just fall into your lap. In the case of Van Gogh, it only came after his death. The widow of his brother Theo, Jo van Gogh-Bonger, was one of the people who was dedicated to Vincent’s success. Partly thanks to her, we can still enjoy Vincent’s work today.
When Vincent painted ‘The Potato Eaters’ in 1885, he saw it as his masterwork. But not everyone agreed. His brother Theo thought it was too sombre and his artist friend Anthon van Rappard said that the painting was a failure.
What do you think?🧐
After Vincent was fired from his job, he busily started looking for a new position. It took a while, but he eventually found a job at a school in England. His persistence was rewarded. Van Gogh stayed in England for a while before returning to the Netherlands.
Weekend van de Wetenschap:
Kijk mee over de schouder van de restaurator of knutsel een eigen UV lampje in elkaar om als onderzoeker aan de slag te gaan. Op 1 en 2 oktober is er van alles te doen tijdens het Weekend van de Wetenschap. Lees meer: https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/nl/bezoek/agenda-en-activiteiten/weekend-van-de-wetenschap
Despite his solitary and sombre feelings, Van Gogh never lost faith in the power of painting to heal. He was highly productive in the final period of his life. However bad things got, Vincent kept on painting.
🌻 Vincent Van Gogh, Vestibule in the Asylum (1889)
Van Gogh liked models who had been ‘drubbed by life’. These models also had practical benefits: they were cheap and easy to approach. Few people were prepared to model for Vincent, so this meant that he could still practice new ideas and painting techniques.
Van Gogh could often be found sampling the city’s lively nightlife. Together with his Parisian friends he visited nightclubs and cafés, where they drank wine, beer or absinthe. Who would you like to join you on an evening out?
🌻Vincent van Gogh, Café Table with Absinthe (1887)
After three failed marriage proposals, Vincent came to accept that he may never find true love. He focused on the loves that he could depend on: art, nature, and his brother Theo.
🌻Vincent van Gogh, Garden with Courting Couples: Square Saint-Pierre (1887)
A portrait doesn’t only say something about the maker. What’s your impression of this work? Let us know in the comments. #seevangogh
🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, 1887
The Van Gogh Museum and Uitgeverij Rubinstein are launching The Vincent van Gogh Atlas Junior Edition together today. Read more:
💐 Which flowers do you think Vincent has painted here? This painting is one of his many studies in which he practiced the effect of certain colours on each other. 🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Vase of Flowers (1890)
📝‘But I’ll fight my fight and sell my life dearly and try to win and pull through’, wrote Vincent to his brother Theo in 1881. #MondayMotivation 🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Self-portraits (1887)
'... nature like this can sometimes awaken in a mind thing that would otherwise never have woken.' #vangoghquotes 🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Undergrowth (1889)
Now on vies: 'The Gasworks: Van Eeden & Van Gogh.' The places where Vincent van Gogh lived and worked have captured the imagination of many artists. Marcel van Eeden (The Hague, 1965) is one of those artists. Read more: https://vangoghmuseum.nl/en/visit/whats-on/exhibitions/the-gasworks-van-eeden-and-van-gogh
Together with Rapha we are launching a unique capsule collection. The design team at Rapha have united details from a number of Vincent van Gogh’s works in a contemporary design, incorporating them in a jersey, technical t-shirt, musette, socks and cap:
Rapha x Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum and cycling clothing brand Rapha launch a capsule collection inspired by the works of Vincent van Gogh.
‘On the road that I’m on I must continue; if I do nothing, if I don’t study, if I don’t keep on trying, then I’m lost, then woe betide me. That’s how I see this, to keep on, keep on, that’s what’s needed’. #vangoghquotes
🌻 Peasant Woman Binding Sheaves (after Millet) (1889)
Theo to Vincent: 'The Butterfly are [..] really beautifully drawn. The latest drawings look like they’ve been done in a fury and are a little more distanced from nature. When I see one of these subjects in a painting I’ll understand them more.'
Take a look at the Almond Blossom branch and try to situate yourself in relation to it. Are you looking up, down or straight at it? How did Vincent do this?
The flat, blue background affects your perception of perspective, making the viewer’s position unclear.
📝 ‘It’s a wonderful thing to look at something and find it beautiful, to reflect on it and hold it fast and then to say: I’m going to draw that, and then to work on it until it’s done’. Van Gogh intensely enjoyed his work. Is there something that you can get completely lost in?
‘Old gold yellow landscapes — done quick quick quick and in a hurry, like the reaper who is silent under the blazing sun, concentrating on getting the job done,’ Van Gogh wrote to his friend Emile Bernard.
🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfield (1888)
‘I don’t know the future, Theo – but – I do know the eternal law that everything changes. […] But doing something endures – and one doesn’t easily regret having done something. The more active the better, and I’d rather fail than sit idle’.
What do these cypresses make you think of? Van Gogh compared the shape and proportions of the tree to those of an Egyptian obelisk. He called the colour that he used to paint the cypresses 📝 ‘that difficult shade of bottle green’.
🌻 Detail: Cypresses and Two Women (1890)
See the gas flame on the wall? Gaslight was quite new in Vincent’s time. He usually worked during the day, but when he lived in the Yellow House in Arles, he had a gas supply installed. This allowed him and Gauguin to work by the light of a gas lamp after the sun had set
Sunflowers is one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings. But how closely have you looked at the work? Have you ever noticed that there are different types of sunflowers? And that most of them have already gone to seed? 🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers (1889).
🌾 The rise of industry and the growth of large cities made the contrast between city and rural life ever clearer. Painters like Millet and Van Gogh were drawn to the hard but honest peasant life, which was so closely connected to nature. 🌻 Thresher (after Millet) (1889)
📝 ‘I’d almost believe that these canvases will tell you what I can’t say in words, what I consider healthy and fortifying about the countryside’, wrote Vincent to his brother Theo. 🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfield under Thunderclouds (1890) #seevangogh #vangoghmuseum #vangogh
Why did Van Gogh become an artist? After three failed careers, it was quite a leap of faith. But Vincent had always enjoyed drawing, and he also liked art. So when his brother Theo advised him to become an artist, he decided to go for it! 🌻Self-Portrait with Felt Hat (1886-1887)
📝 ‘I for one need above all just to have a good laugh’, wrote Vincent to his sister Willemien in 1887. What are you really in need of right now? Also a good laugh to help brighten up your day? 🌻Vincent van Gogh, Orchard in Blossom (1889) #vincentvangogh
Van Gogh could see beauty in the most everyday of objects. He preferred things ‘that bore the scars of life’, such as these worn out shoes. ⏱️ Have a look around you today and spot something that has become interesting after bearing the scars of life. We wonder what you’ll spot!
📝 On 18 August 1888, Vincent wrote: ‘And still to feel the stars and the infinite, clearly, up there. Then life is almost magical, after all’. 🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Sketch of Starry Night over the Rhône, enclosed in a letter from Vincent van Gogh to Eugène Boch (recto) (1888)
📝On 5 November 1882, Vincent wrote to his brother Theo: ‘… don’t snuff out your inspiration and power of imagination, don’t become a slave to the model’. #MondayMotivation 🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Jozef Blok (1882).
Criticism? Surely not! Vincent’s artist friend Anthon van Rappard dared to criticise his painting The Potato Eaters. But what did Vincent really think of ‘criticism’? 📝 ‘.I’m too absolutely and utterly convinced that I am, after all, on the right path’.
Van Gogh used a jumble of dots, dashes and lots of different colours to paint this forest. While we cannot see the sky, it’s clear that it’s a fine, sunny day. In the background, the sun shines on what appears to be an open patch of ground. ☀️
Happy International Dog Day! 💛 #vangoghmuseum
Which colours do you see in this painting by Van Gogh of the Mediterranean Sea?🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Seascape near Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (1888)
With which of your friends would you like to visit the Van Gogh Museum? Tag them! #vangoghmuseum
📝‘But what a subject — eh — that sea of yellow flowers with a line of purple irises, and in the background the neat little town of pretty women,’ Van Gogh wrote to his artist friend Emile Bernard. 🌻Vincent van Gogh, Field with Irises near Arles (1888)
📝 ‘Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures’, wrote Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo in 1882.
How do you deal with failure?
🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait (1887)
Cheers! 🍻 Have you got any plans for the weekend?
🌻 Vincent van Gogh, In the Café: Agostina Segatori in Le Tambourin (1887)
💡Van Gogh’s interest in showing light-dark effects encouraged him to pay an evening visit to the cottage that was home to The Potato Eaters. The lamp above the table is the only source of light. He experimented with light effects before, like in this study 🌻 Woman Sewing (1885)
The paint on this work isn’t what you’d typically expect from Vincent. He experimented in this painting, trying out diluted oil paint. Do you think that it was a successful experiment? 🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Boulevard de Clichy (1887) #vangoghmuseum #dailyart #vangogh #paris
Due to popular demand, our official Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience in Santiago de Chile has been extended until 19 September! Embark on an unforgettable journey into Vincent van Gogh's world. For tickets visit: https://www.puntoticket.com/meet-vincent-van-gogh
The Colour as Language video series explores the theme of the exhibition from four different perspectives. How do an architect, master pâtissier, fashion stylist and ReFramer (Beeldbreker) use colour and language in their work? Find it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82CkIpg5rjI&list=PLp9bGKxyieV1D6da5DAi8HnJJaMqffrb5
Does something strike you about the colours in this painting? 🌇 If you look closely, you’ll see that Vincent only used a few colours to paint the coming of evening. He made the sky largely yellow, and the foreground blue. 🌻Square Saint-Pierre at Sunset (1887) #seevangogh
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Van Gogh could often be found sampling the city’s lively nightlife. Together with his Parisian friends Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Émile Bernard and Louis Anquetin, he visited nightclubs like Le Mirliton and the café Le Tambourin, where they drank wine, beer or absinthe.