VAN GOGH MUSEUM
Petit Futé's opinion on VAN GOGH MUSEUM
This magnificent museum is dedicated to the painter Vincent Van Gogh. A unique and strong place with temporary exhibitions events!
This museum, which opened in 1973, contains some 200 of the artist's paintings (nearly a quarter of his total production) and more than 500 drawings and sketches, as well as various documents and objects that belonged to him.
The works presented are not all of equal value, but allow us to follow his path. The museum also exhibits a number of paintings by other artists of the same period, which gives a fairly accurate idea of Van Gogh's artistic and cultural universe.
On the first floor , paintings from Theo's private collection, which includes works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Emile Bernard and Henri Fantin-Latour, are displayed in rotation. The cafeteria and the bookshop are located on the same level, in the main hall.
On the second floor , the different periods of Van Gogh's work follow one another in chronological order: the Drenthe period (1883), Nuenen (1883-1885), Antwerp (1885-1886), Paris (1886-1888). Van Gogh's last works, the most moving, are divided into three periods: the Arles period (1888-1889), probably the best known, of which The Sunflowers was still the subject of much publicity a few years ago; the Saint-Rémy period (1889-1890); and, finally, the last hours at Auvers-sur-Oise (1890) with the famous Field of Wheat with Crows, a dramatic lyricism that is somewhat calmed and in which the crows seem to announce the impending death that is already haunting the artist.
The second floor features prints and drawings by artists contemporary to Van Gogh as well as some of his less important paintings. The emphasis is on the many letters written by Van Gogh (many of them to his brother Theo). On the family of the painter but also on his friends and his many drawings made over time. Particular attention is paid to his friends from Pont-Aven.
The top floor of the museum presents works by Gauguin and the Nabis movement (including Bonnard, Sérusier, Vuillard...), as well as temporary or traveling exhibitions, often very interesting.
Since September 2015, a new entrance has been inaugurated giving more air to such a popular museum! It allows for a smoother flow of visitors. The glass construction is impressive and connects, through a basement, the museum to the wing added later. Please note: the beautiful store downstairs does not include all the books sold in the bookstore in the museum. This museum is simply exceptional!
In 2022, from May 20 to September 4, an exhibition will focus on color and the work of Etal Adnan. His work is presented around that of Van Gogh in a true symphony of colors.
Information on VAN GOGH MUSEUM
Every day from 9am to 5pm and Friday until 10pm. Admission: 19 €, free for minors.
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