Vincent Van Gogh

March 30, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Today we are looking at on of the world’s greatest artists, impressionist Vincent Van Gogh, today is his birthday as he was born on March 30, 1853, and died in 1890. Sadly, Van Gogh was very much ignored as an artist until after his death, an apparent suicide. He was a very prolific artist painting still lifes, portraits, self-portraits, he didn’t start painting until he was in his twenties. Today he is looked at as one of the most influential artists to come out of the 19th century, you can see his works in many museums including some here in America in more than 40 museums. Perhaps nowhere is the story of Vincent Van Gogh told better than the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in his home country of the Netherlands. The museum opened in 1973 and today houses the largest collection of Van Gogh artworks of any museum in the world and also displays works by some of his contemporaries such as Manet and Gaugin. The Van Gogh Museum is very high on my list, it’s located in a part of Amsterdam often referred to as Museum Square and most recently 1.6 million visitors passed through its doors. Here’s to remembering Vincent Van Gogh and the beautiful works he left us, Enjoy!!! (above, Self-portrait, 1888)

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The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Interior of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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The Potato Eaters, 1885

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Sunflowers, 1889

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The Yellow House, 1888

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Almond Blossoms, 1890

Words are my own
Images are courtesy of
The Vincent Van Gogh Museum.

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