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Discover the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
Discover the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

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In the summer of 1886, Van Gogh painted lots of still lifes of flowers to practise using colour. He couldn’t get his hands on fresh flowers in autumn and winter, so he chose a different subject to paint. Vincent van Gogh, Shoes (1886) #VanGoghinNature #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #VincentvanGogh

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Discover the places where Vincent lived and worked in our new YouTube-series, premiering 14 November. Presented by Yuki Kho and featuring Van Gogh Museum director Axel Rügerand other experts. #HyundaixVanGoghMuseum
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Fellow artists had told Van Gogh about the beauty of Drenthe. He went to work in the province for a couple of months in autumn 1883. And although he sometimes felt that the heathland was ‘as irritatingly tedious and fatiguing as the desert’ in the clear light of day, in the low evening light he thought it was ‘sublime’. Vincent van Gogh, Landscape in Drenthe (1883) #VanGoghinNature #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #VincentvanGogh

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‘I must have picked a good hundred flies and more off the 4 canvases that you’ll be getting, not to mention dust and sand &c. — not to mention that, when one carries them across the heath and through hedgerows for a few hours, the odd branch or two scrapes across them’, wrote Vincent to his brother Theo in 1885. Van Gogh preferred painting outdoors to working inside. He painted this seascape a few years later, and as you may expect, there are grains of sand in the paint! Vincent van Gogh, Seascape near Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (1888) #VanGoghinNature #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #VincentvanGogh

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‘… here one can work outside all year round. That’s my reason for loving this part of the world, not having to dread the cold so much, which by preventing my blood from circulating prevents me from thinking, from doing anything at all’, wrote Van Gogh to his friend Bernard in 1888. Winter was not Van Gogh’s favourite season. What do you think of winter? Vincent van Gogh, Winter Landscape with Walking Figures (1890) #VanGoghinNature #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #VincentvanGogh

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'Suppose I have to paint an autumn landscape, trees with yellow leaves. […] a symphony in yellow. Much, everything comes down to my sense of the infinite variety of tones in the same family’, wrote Vincent to his brother Theo in 1885. detail: Vincent van Gogh, Autumn Landscape (1885) @krollermullermuseum #VanGoghinNature #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #VincentvanGogh
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Jules Dupré specialised in painting forest scenes in blustery weather. Van Gogh saw this painting at an exhibition in The Hague in 1882. ‘It expresses that moment and that place in nature where one can go alone, without company’, he wrote to his brother Theo. Jules Dupré, Autumn (1865) @The Mesdag Collection #VanGoghinNature #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #VincentvanGogh

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Van Gogh had a special interest in sowers throughout his artistic career. ‘For such a long time it’s been my great desire to do a sower, but the desires I’ve had for a long time aren’t always achieved. So I’m almost afraid of them’, wrote Vincent to his brother Theo in 1888. Which subject would you like to paint? Vincent van Gogh, The Sower (1888) #VanGoghinNature #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #VincentvanGogh

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Van Gogh painted this image of the church where his father preached as a gift for his mother. Later, after his father’s death, he added autumnal leaves to the bare, winter trees. Vincent van Gogh, Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen (1884-1885) #VanGoghinNature #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #VincentvanGogh
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‘I’m looking forward to the autumn. I’m particularly fond of the effects of yellow leaves against which the green beech trunks stand out so beautifully, and the figures no less’, wrote Vincent to his brother Theo in 1882. Vincent van Gogh, The Garden of Saint Paul's Hospital (‘Leaf-Fall’) (1889) #VanGoghinNature #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #VincentvanGogh

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