Delve into the life of this legendary troubled artist with this unique collection of works and mementos.
At the Van Gogh Museum, you’ll find the largest collection in the world of this famous Dutch artist’s paintings and drawings. Discover how his style evolved, reflecting the key events in his short, but troubled life. The museum also displays a collection of pieces by Van Gogh’s contemporaries, giving visitors an overview of other well-known masters of the 19th century.
Born in 1853, Vincent Van Gogh didn’t start painting until the age of 27. He was incredibly prolific in the decade that followed. Battling with serious mental health problems, he produced over 2,000 paintings, drawings and etchings before he tragically took his own life, shooting himself in 1890. During his lifetime, he only sold one of his paintings. Sadly, he never got to appreciate the impact his work would have on the world.
Discover how the artist’s style reflects his changing moods, as he moves from the town of Nuenen in Holland, to France, first to Paris then the southern provinces. His earlier works are predominantly dark and sombre, in contrast to those produced during his time in Arles in France. His studies of bright sunflowers have become some of the most reproduced and well-loved images associated with the artist.
Amongst his many self-portraits, one of the most recognisable is his 1889 work “Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear”. During a heated argument, he threatened his close friend, and renowned artist, Gauguin with a razor. His subsequent torment and regret led him to cut off part of his left ear.
The museum first opened in 1973, housing the many works on loan from the Van Gogh Trust. As well as the paintings and drawings on display, you will also see some of Van Gogh’s personal effects and correspondence. The resources in the Museum Library next door will provide you with detailed background information on the artist. There are also temporary displays on themes in 19th century art in the oval Exhibition Wing that was added in 1999.
The Van Gogh Museum is located on the Museumplein, to the south of the city centre, and can easily be reached by public transport. Parking spaces are limited in this area. The museum is open daily, but do check the official website for exact times. Entrance to the temporary exhibitions is normally included in the general ticket price. Please remember that photography is not permitted.