Vincent van Gogh, Self portrait as an artist (1888), oil on canvasCredit: Web Museum / Wikimedia Commons / PD

The Workings Of A Dutch Artist

Although portrayed as a tortured genius, chased by madness and self-harming vices, Vincent van Gogh is one of the world's most beloved artists.

Of Dutch descent, he was born in Brabant in 1853, and experienced the vocations of art dealer, clergyman and teacher, before finding his calling as an artist in 1880.
Committed to his art practice, he was a skilled and talented painter, as is evident in a current Amsterdam exhibition.

The Yellow House (1888) by Vincent van Gogh painting, oil on canvasCredit: Niek Sprakel / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0 license

Van Gogh Exhibition in 2013

Involving eight years of research, Van Gogh at work is a major show that marks the 40th anniversary of the Van Gogh Museum in central Amsterdam. Expressing the artist's vibrancy and vitality, the exhibition includes more than 200 works of art, hung across wide and
well-painted walls.

Clearly centered on the artist's studio methods, there are large glass display cases that reveal the varied tools of his trade. There are worn brushes, old paint tubes, bottles of coloured liquid, powdered pigments, and aged wooden palettes and easels – many of which were used in the execution of his famed and lesser-known compositions.

Having opened on the 1st of May in 2013, the exhibition runs until
12 January 2014, and offers a thorough overview of the artist's studio practice, visual materials and techniques. Many renowned works also feature, such as Sunflowers, The Yellow House and The Bedroom, as well as personal belongings and letters of correspondence.

Presented by the museum, in association with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and Shell Nederland, Van Gogh at work is essential viewing for anyone who seeks to learn and understand the art of painting from one of the Netherland's most original artists.

A troubled creative soul, Vincent van Gogh wrote, drew and painted furiously on canvases, paper and sketchbooks throughout his life. Laying down thick paint in bold and contrasting hues, his energy was raw and electric.

Emotional sometimes to the extreme, he found inspiration in all things. From a vase of golden sunflowers to an anguished self portrait, a yellowing harvested field or star-filled night sky, he alone had the ability to turn canvases into moving symphonies of colour.

Amsterdam Museum

As top art destination in Amsterdam, Holland, Van Gogh Museum is sought out by travellers, art lovers, historians and local residents. Conveniently situated on Museumplein, it is dedicated to all aspects of Vincent van Gogh's life – private, creative and professional.

Officially opened in 1973, the museum attracts close to 1.5 million visitors a year, and is home to artistic creations by many of van Gogh's contemporaries, including Gauguin, Cézanne and other painters of the 19th century. 

An airy and spacious, multi-floored building, the museum houses a library and full research facilities, and has its own souvenir shop and specialist book store. Aside from regular lecture series and educational tours, visitors can also enjoy delicious salads, pastries, cakes, beverages, and a selection of hot and cold dishes at the museum's Le Tambourin café.

Staircase in Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, NetherlandsCredit: User:jankie / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0 license

Where Is The Van Gogh Museum Located?

This popular art museum can be found on Paulus Potterstraat 7 in Amsterdam's Museumkwartier (Museum Quarter) in Oud Zuid (Old South) district. It is within easy walking distance of other cultural attractions, such as the Rijksmuseum, Nederlands Filmmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. 

During the busy summer season, the museum is open from 9.00am and closes at 6.00pm, with late night closing on Fridays at 10.00pm. Admission tickets for the exhibition can be purchased online or in person at the museum. The entry price is €15 per adult, and children under the age of 17 are free.

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