Vincent van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is home to 200 of the master's paintings and 500 of his drawings

The Can Gogh Museum, AmsterdamThe Netherlands' most famous modern artist was an under appreciated, tormented genius who sold only one painting in his lifetime—to his brother.

Bouts of depression led him at one point into an asylum and at another to hack off his own ear after an argument with the painter Gauguin.

Van Gogh's Sunflowers, at the van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam
Van Gogh's Sunflowers, at the van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam
Yet even while the artistic establishment was virtually ignoring him, van Gogh managed to carry the freedom of impressionism to new heights, and he created an impressive, intensely expressive style all his own.

At this monument to the artist, you can follow a chronological progression of his works, 200 paintings and 500 drawings, alongside letters and personal effects (some of which feature in the paintings on display).

A few of his more famous canvases here include The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, The Bedroom at Arles, Gauguin's Chair, Self Portrait with a Straw Hat, and The Garden of Daubigny.

At the exhibit's end hangs the powerful Crows over the Wheatfield, one of the last paintings the troubled master completed in 1890 before committing suicide at the age of 37.

Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfield with Crows (1890), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam



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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in May 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.

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