Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam has become famous as a city of freedom-loving creators and geniuses, embracing misunderstood artists both in their lifetime and after.
It is no coincidence that the works of Van Gogh, who lived a short, vibrant life, were carefully preserved here. Through the efforts of Joan van Gogh, wife of his much-loved brother Theo, some 700 of the genius’ letters and his many works have seen the light of day.
Early widowed, Joan sensed and discerned in Vincent’s paintings the heartbreaking longing and that special, ineffable mood that still pierces every viewer who gazes into his paintings.
The Van Gogh Museum has the largest collection of the artist's works, about 200 paintings, a quarter of his legacy.
History of Creation
Vincent van Gogh died in 1890 and his paintings were left to his brother Theo. He died just six months later and his wife Joan kept Vincent’s paintings and his letters to his brother, thanks to which we now know so much about his life.
After her death in 1925 her son Vincent Willem van Gogh inherited the collection, first exhibiting in the house and then lending some of it to the City Museum in Amsterdam in 1930.
Later he wondered about the fate of the collection and suggested that the city authorities build a Van Gogh museum. The government allocated a plot of land next to the Rijksmuseum (state museum) and the Stedelijk (city museum).
The famous Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld worked on the project and in 1973 the Van Gogh family collection moved into the new building. Over 200 paintings and drawings are on display, as well as part of the famous correspondence between the artist and his brother, which was merged into a three-volume edition thanks to Joan’s efforts.
The museum is divided according to the five most important stages of Van Gogh’s work: early works, Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Auvers.
The annex to the museum regularly hosts curious exhibitions of private collections and museum archives. In addition to Van Gogh’s works, one can also discover the works of his contemporaries in these rooms.
The exhibition is a chronologically accurate story of the artist’s work, which gradually from drawing to painting, from sketch to etching reveals to us the inner face of Van Gogh, the story of his creative search, his frustrations and discoveries.
To this day the reason Vincent shot himself in the chest at the age of 37 remains a mystery.
Van Gogh, who picked up the brush and pencil relatively late in life, left a legacy of immense value. It's chilling to think that Vincent's contemporaries pressed for the destruction of his works, but his devoted family, Joan van Gogh, was able to rebuff his detractors and immortalize him in the eyes of the world.
The museum also has a laboratory of Van Gogh’s work, a library, and a maximum recreation of the environment in which he worked.
Address: Amsterdam, Museumplein, 6.
Tel.: +31 (0) 20 570-52-00
Open daily from 9:00 to 18:00; on Fridays from 10:00 to 22:00.
Buy your ticket online.
Entrance: EUR 19 (without audioguide), EUR 24 (with audioguide), children under 18 – free of charge.
Website (Russian, English).
The prices on the page are for October 2018.