We woke up this morning at about 7:30 to go to the Van Gogh Museum. Although we woke up quite early for our first day in the Netherlands, it was worth it. Going to the Van Gogh museum was the highlight of the day. It was so amazing and informational. If you have the chance to go to Amsterdam, make it a point to go here.
One thing that is great about this museum is the audio guide. The audio guide is interactive, almost like a smart phone, and it is very easy to use.
Landscape at Twilight // I loved the golden colors and distinct brushstrokes.
Daubignys Garden // The beautiful pastel colors and flowers really caught my eye. I loved the simplicity.
Almond Blossoms // This was a gift to his brother as a congratulations for a new baby. They had a boy and named him Vincent. Vincent started this museum.
Tree Roots // This was his last painting. This is said to be unfinished.
Van Gogh painted about 150 paintings in the asylum. He felt like his best work was made here. Leaves Saint Remy and goes to auvers. He is inspired and he works hard here because at first he hates the asylum.
Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds // This painting is characterized by bright colors and thick brushstorkes.
1888- Van Gogh leaves Paris and heads to Arles for a more peaceful place. A new home and a new landscape. This place suits him because everything is new and inspiring. Inspiring him to use brighter colors. Van Gogh lives in the center of town and he asks painters from Paris to come live with him as an artists retreat. He makes about 180 paintings. In Paris he made about 210. Nuenen- 175. Antwerp-7.
Farmhouse in a Wheatfield // He uses small brushstrokes and shows off the off center house and the tree as the focal point.
The ear incident happened when Gauguin was visiting him. He threatened Gauguin with a razor and ended up cutting off a part of his own ear. Their relationship was better when they were apart.
Seascape Near les Saintes-Marie’s de la mer // I loved the intense colors/ the thick texture. The red signature on the bottom adds more dimension to the green and blue colors. We know he painted on the shore because there are grains of sand on the surface.
Quinces, Lemons, Pears, and Grape // This looks monochromatic at first, but when your eyes adjust, you can see the contrasting colors of orange and blue for the detail of the images.
By the Seine // The vantage point and brushstorkes lead and draw the eye to the little house at the edge.
Boulevard de Clichy // Everything is airy and light. His style is influenced by Impressionism. His brother Theo is an art dealer. This is why he moves to Paris and paints here. He uses color while keeping the painting overall muted and gray.
The Cottage // I like the streak of orange in the sky and the dark colors provide a nice contrast with each other. Almost ethereal
Tulip Fields near The Hague // I loved the pastel colors and simply sky.
Railway junction near Bois-Columbes // He incorporates color in a somewhat depressing scene when shown in other paintings- the railroads.
Sunflowers // He uses all different types of the color yellow. He makes the painting glow in a sense. He paints it thick to show and let us know if their presence. He wanted to become THE painter of sunflowers. He did. Some of the flowers are dying. He found beauty when the flowers were dying and spiky. He liked things a bit rough and worn down because that was like real life.
The Pink Orchard // He wanted these paintings to be displayed just how they are. This was consisted a new roughness that he was exploring. This was his first bloom in Arles and he thought they carried the hope of new life in this new city.
The Langlois Bridge // To me, this looks cartoonish with colors that don’t look very realistic.
Self-portrait with Straw Hat // He paints himself with a straw hat to show he’s a country boy. This shows that he is more at home in nature versus the city.
After the Van Gogh Museum, we went to eat lunch at a great pancake restaurant. I had a veggie dutch pancake with spinach, peppers, paprika, onions, and zucchini. It was amazing. Later in the day, we just shopped around and didn’t have any set plans. We also stopped by the Thai restaurant for a snack of fried rice. For dinner we ate at a burger restaurant that was decent. It wasn’t my absolute favorite, but it was good. We had a great day today! Tomorrow is our last day! See you then!