Vincent Van Gogh

The city of Amsterdam is associated with countless famous people throughout history. Few would argue, however, that Vincent Van Gogh rightfully deserves his place at the top table. Van Gogh remains one of the most famous and evocative names in the history of the art world, and while his travels, life and legacy touched on a plethora of various locations throughout Europe, only in Amsterdam can you visit the incredible Van Gogh Museum. The unique and unrivalled museum houses 200 paintings by Van Gogh, along with over 400 drawings and 700 letters of correspondence, which all combine to depict the life of one of the world’s most tortured geniuses. To truly maximise your experience delving into the world of Vincent Van Gogh, there is no better choice than to team up with your very own private guide and art historian as you explore this mesmerizing world. To book your once-in-a-lifetime experience, contact our amazing team at Sarah’s Tours. But for now, here is a perfectly portioned taste of the incredible story of Vincent Van Gogh.

 

Van Gogh’s Life Without Borders

Vincent Van Gogh wore many different career hats during his eventful life. These various, diverse roles he occupied saw him journey throughout Western Europe, often uprooting and relocating with nauseating frequency. He was an art dealer working between London and Paris. He was a teacher in Middlesex in England. He was a missionary in Belgium and a struggling painter in his native Holland, before seeing out the remainder of his life in France; initially in Paris before famously moving south to Provence, and the town of Arles in particular.

 

Brush Strokes and Brothers

Without doubt, the most important figure in Vincent’s life was his younger brother Theo. The pair spent a lifetime exchanging unshakeable friendship as well as the hundreds and hundreds of letters of correspondence to each other. Theo was an art dealer and provided Vincent with both financial and emotional support during the more trying times of his life. Whilst Theo meticulously maintained every single letter ever written to him by his brother, Vincent wasn’t half as dutiful with Theo’s letters to him. Thanks to Theo though, so much of what we know of Vincent’s thoughts and theories on art reside in this archive of correspondence.

 

Vive La France!

Although Van Gogh had already produced several masterpieces among his earlier work (most notably “The Potato Eaters” in 1885), it was Vincent’s move to Arles in the south of France that served as the defining catalyst in his transformation as a painter. While living in the region, and as his mental health began to irreversibly deteriorate, Vincent’s style evolved to that by which he is most recognised; a sea of hypnotic swirls and strong colours that has become synonymous with the painter and his work. Masterpieces such as “The Sower” (1888) and “The Starry Night” (1889) are among the most recognisable pieces of art ever created.

 

Visit the Van Gogh Museum

The second most popular museum in the Netherlands, almost 2 million visitors (85% of whom come from abroad) cross the threshold of this magnificent attraction every year. However, only you can experience the intimacy and magic of Van Gogh’s life and legacy in the company of your very own private art historian. Contact our team here at Sarah’s Tours and let’s get planning an unforgettable experience for art lovers and curious minds alike.