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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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‘I sometimes regret not having simply kept the Dutch palette of grey tones, and brushed landscapes in Montmartre without pressing the point’, wrote Van Gogh shortly before leaving for Saint-Rémy. After this, Entrance to a Quarry (1889) was one of the first paintings that saw him return to a muted colour palette. #VanGoghsColours #VincentvanGogh #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam
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Vincent saw the reaper as ‘the image of death […], in this sense that humanity would be the wheat being reaped’. He did add that death was ‘almost smiling. It’s all yellow except for a line of violet hills – a pale, blond yellow. I myself find that funny, that I saw it like that through the iron bars of a cell’. Wheatfield with a Reaper, Vincent van Gogh (1889) #VanGoghsColours #VincentvanGogh #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam
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Van Gogh was keen to answer the call for a modern, more primitive style of painting. With their large expanses of colour and unique style, the Japanese prints showed him the way, without him needing to move away from using nature as his starting point. Camellia, Bullfinch and Japanese Tit, Utagawa Hiroshige III (1871-1873) #VanGoghsColours #VincentvanGogh #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam
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Happy #Fathersday!
When he was in his early twenties Vincent van Gogh looked up to his father, Reverend Theodorus van Gogh: “Pa’s spirit is so great and many-sided, and at all events, I hope that something of it will develop in me.”
Later on, their relationship became strained by many differences of opinion, but towards the end of his life, Vincent wrote to his mother: “You and Pa have been so much, so very much to me…”
Reminiscence of Brabant, Vincent van Gogh (1890) #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #VincentvanGogh
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Van Gogh didn’t only use colour in his paintings, he also drew in colour. Archibald Standish Hartrick, a British artist who Vincent became friends with in Paris, reported that Van Gogh always had large pieces of red and blue chalk in his pockets, which he used for sketches to give his friends an idea of the subjects he was currently working on. Gardens on Montmartre and the Blute-Fin Windmill (1887) #VanGoghsColours #VincentvanGogh #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam
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‘Under the blue sky, the orange, yellow, red patches of flowers take on an amazing brilliance, and in the limpid air there’s something happier and more suggestive of love than in the north. It vibrates – like the bouquet by Monticelli that you have’, wrote Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo. Vase with Flowers, Monticelli (1875) #VanGoghsColours #VincentvanGogh #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam
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‘COLOUR EXPRESSES SOMETHING IN ITSELF. One can’t do without it; one must make use of it. What looks beautiful, really beautiful — is also right’. Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo. The Yellow House (The Street), Vincent van Gogh (1888) #VanGoghsColours #VincentvanGogh #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam
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Van Gogh believed that the art of the future should be colourful and joyful, and Japan showed him the way forward. The hundreds of prints in his collection inspired him to look for his own Japan in the South of France. He thought the region was just as delightful as Japan: endless sun, beautiful nature, bright light and pure colours. The Harvest, Vincent van Gogh (1888) #VanGoghJapan #VanGoghsColours #VincentvanGogh #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam
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Van Gogh also used synthetic paints and inks that were new to the market. He bought lots of his equipment from his good friend Père Tanguy. Portrait of Père Tanguy, Vincent van Gogh (1887) #VanGoghsColours #VincentvanGogh #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam
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Paul Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848! On the unspoilt Caribbean island of Martinique, Gauguin found what he lacked in Paris. Far away from the decadent Western world, he led an honest and simple life. This autumn, the exhibition Gauguin and Laval on Martinique will feature the warm, colourful paintings created by Gauguin and Laval on the island. The Mango Trees, Martinique, Paul Gauguin (1887)
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