How many colours do you need to paint a grape? If you ask Vincent: a lot! 🌈 Which colours can you spot? 🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Grapes (1887)
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When Vincent was starting out as an artist, he often copied pictures of works by other artists. It’s easy to see that Vincent still lacked experience when he made this drawing. See how the sower has thrown his seeds backwards? In Millet’s painting, those were not seeds, but birds
Look deep into Camille’s eyes! 👁️ By looking at his eyes, can you see which of these two versions Van Gogh painted with the model present, and which he painted afterwards in his studio? Tip: which eyes sparkle more? 🌻 Portrait of Camille Roulin @philamuseum & Van Gogh Museum
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)
In 1884, Van Gogh painted the Reformed Church in Nuenen, where his father was a minister. Vincent had moved back in with his parents for a while, and painted the church to cheer his mother up. She was confined to bed after breaking her leg.
‘Old chap, I’ve had so much pleasure drawing fishermen’s heads’, wrote Vincent to his brother, ‘with that sou’wester, which had fish scales still stuck to it when I got it’.
Take the time to properly look at Almond Blossom. Which three words come to mind? Perhaps a feeling? Does a particular detail catch your eye? Something about the colour, or the flowers?
Vincent explained in a letter to Theo exactly why he had chosen certain colour contrasts in this still life. For example, he used red accents in the apples alongside ‘greenish things’. Red and green form a pair of what are known as complementary colours: they intensify each other
You can’t get this close in the museum! When you see this work up close, what do you notice about how it is painted?
🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Cypresses and Two Women (1890)
LEGO version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night by LEGO artist @NathanSawaya. The scale is the same as the original. Sawaya added layers of LEGO pieces to represent Van Gogh’s visible brushstrokes and his impasto technique. Photos by @Deanwest #VanGoghInspires
‘Met die handen die zij in den schotel steken zelf de aarde hebben omgespit en (…) dat zij hun eten zoo eerlijk verdiend hebben’. @rijksmuseum wat eten we vandaag? 🍴🥔
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Van Gogh expressed his love using paint and the colours and shapes that he created. Van Gogh tried to express love by uniting two complementary colours, their blend and contrast, and the mysterious vibration of connected tones. How do you express love?
📝 ‘Being in love like that, I say, isn’t exactly like picking strawberries in the spring’, wrote Vincent to his brother Theo in 1881. 🍓❤️ To all the lovers who make loving an art form, a very happy Valentine’s Day! 💛🎨 #Valentine
‘… we wouldn’t be able to study Japanese art, it seems to me, without becoming much happier and more cheerful’. Vincent was a huge fan of Japanese art. Read about how Japan inspired Vincent: http://vangogh.nl/fRN850Dq73o
Van Gogh painted his muddy work shoes. The shoes are dirty and worn out; perhaps an usual choice of subject to paint? But Van Gogh saw beauty in his shoes. Perhaps it was a chilly winter that year? Do you think Vincent would have got cold toes?
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Caption this. We’ll kick off: ‘Watching a movie with my dad’. 🎥🔍 Van Gogh had a large collection of illustrations, which he cut out of magazines and newspapers. Like this print from The Illustrated London News.
Vincent painted Garden with Courting Couples in May 1887, he described it as 'the garden with lovers'. This painting has traveled all over the world, sharing the love with @Guggenheim @MuseeOrsay @mfaboston @ngadc and many other museums. We love all of you! #museumloveletter
Painting glass objects is difficult, because of the distortions caused by the glass. As you get closer, it becomes clearer how many colours he used. Do you think that the painting is a success? Zoom in even further on our website: http://vangogh.nl/Hrfn50Dq762
‘I’m often asked how it’s possible that there’s also a Sunflowers at the @NationalGallery in London. Visitors are very surprised when I explain that Vincent painted multiple versions’. Emke, one of our security officers, knows which she likes best. Which one is your favourite?
‘What’s Seurat doing?’ Vincent asked his brother Theo. Van Gogh thought that the painter Georges Seurat was without doubt the leader of the new generation of artists. Vincent was hugely inspired by how he and the other Pointillists used colour.
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No white cube! Have you ever noticed that the walls of our galleries are all coloured? This helps us to bring out the best in every painting. This light tint behind the Almond Blossom emphasises the pink in the blossom. We hope to welcome you again soon!
What questions come to mind when you look at this painting? See the world through Van Gogh’s eyes. Imagine that you are painting this self-portrait. How do you feel? Where are you? Is it warm or cold? Are you happy with your painting? What are you trying to show of yourself?
You can’t get this close in the museum! What strikes you when you are this close to Vincent’s work? Which detail catches your eye? What would you like to find out more about? Detail 🌻 Vincent van Gogh, View of Auvers (1890)
In this painting, Vincent wanted to show people who are always working hard to survive. 🥔 See how the man is blowing on his coffee? It’s still too hot, and you can see the steam rise from the cup. Zoom in: http://vangogh.nl/t6VJ50DjKlN
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‘If I felt no love for nature and my work, then I would be unhappy.' Vincent van Gogh. What do you need to be happy? Vincent van Gogh, Field with Poppies (1888) #MondayMotivation #VanGogh #VanGoghMuseum #Art #DailyArt
🎈 Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on this day in 1890! He was Vincent’s nephew. Van Gogh painted it as a gift for his brother Theo and sister-in-law Jo. Almond trees symbolise new life, because they flower early in spring.Learn more about the masterpiece http://vangogh.nl/nu7c50DfgpK
The doors to our museum are unfortunately closed. 🔍But you can find Van Gogh outside our museum! Our friends in LA can of course head to the @GettyMuseum, but if they go to Venice Beach, they’ll also see Vincent. 🎨 Homage to a Starry Night, Rip Cronk #VanGoghInspires
‘Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney and then go on their way’. When Vincent wrote this, he was feeling very low. What would you like to have replied?
Van Gogh up close. 🔍 A tree trunk is brown, grass is green, or …? Which colour surprises you the most in this orchard? 🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Orchard in Blossom (1889)
📚 Vincent van Gogh was a real bookworm. He particularly enjoyed novels by Émile Zola and the Goncourt brothers. Many of us are reading more books during the lockdown. Have you got any reading recommendations to help pass the time? We have a lot 😍: http://vangogh.nl/x8bf50DfgeM
‘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. 🌻 Vincent van Gogh, Self-portrait (1887) #mondaymotivation
Getting close to Vincent today.🍁 Vincent van Gogh liked depicting nature in his art. Photographer Luis Davilla went looking for the nature that he saw in Vincent’s artworks. 📸 He took this photo in Nuenen, where Vincent grew up.
Caption this. We’ll kick off: ‘Hello sir, do you have a moment to talk about oranges?’ Eugène Murer was a French art collector, and also an (amateur) artist. He owned a monkey called Jack, who he often drew and made prints of.
What’s your favourite painting by Vincent van Gogh? ‘My favourite is the portrait of restaurant owner Etienne-Lucien Martin’, says Firoza, one of the museum’s Beeldbrekers (‘ReFramers’). ‘The soft pastel tones immediately caught my eye’. Zoom in: http://vangogh.nl/hzeW50D7bZJ
Curating your own exhibition! In 1887, Van Gogh could organise an exhibition in a restaurant in Paris. But not long after the exhibition opened, the owner told Vincent to come and collect the paintings. He said that the pictures were spoiling the appetite of his customers...
Vincent van Gogh was a great admirer of Japanese art. He already pinned prints to the wall when he lived in Antwerp, but it wasn’t until he went to Paris that his collection really started to take shape. You can’t miss his love of Japanese art in this painting!
Vincent. That’s how he signed paintings that he was pleased with. But why didn’t he sign them with Van Gogh? Simple: most people outside the Netherlands have trouble pronouncing Vincent’s surname. That’s why, inspired by the Dutch Master Rembrandt he decided to use his first name
Blue Monday is known as the darkest and most depressing day of the year. Van Gogh experienced plenty of gloomy days himself. Let's find comfort in Vincents own words: http://vangogh.nl/RGjU50D7bCt #BlueMonday #VanGogh