Private Guided Tour Vincent van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

Introduction

Vincent van Gogh, Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers (Arles, January, 1889) Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Vincent van Gogh, Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers (Arles, January, 1889) Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

But obviously I’ve painted a lot more other studies or paintings in all this time. Among other things this summer, two flower-pieces with nothing but Sunflowers in a yellow earthenware pot. Painted with the three chrome yellows, yellow ochre and Veronese green and nothing else.

Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Arnold Koning, January 22, 1889, Arles France.

The largest collections of works by Vincent Van Gogh

Every day you can see long lines of people at the door of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. If you happen to pass by it looks like you hear a Babelonic speech confusion. Pilgrims come from all corners of the world to pay homage to the extraordinary artist named Vincent van Gogh. The colorful painter who was already called the sunflower painter by his painting colleagues.

If you want to delve into Vincent van Gogh, his biography and his works of art, you cannot miss the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Because the largest collection worldwide is located in this museum. And actually afterwards, you have to go straight to the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterloo, which is located also in the Netherlands. There you will find the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world.


Private Guided Highlights Tour Vincent van Gogh Museum

Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfield with Crows, July 1890, Van Gogh Museum.

There – once back here I set to work again – the brush however almost falling from my hands and – knowing clearly what I wanted I’ve painted another three large canvases since then. They’re immense stretches of wheatfields under turbulent skies, and I made a point of trying to express sadness, extreme loneliness.

Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh and Jo Van Gogh-Bonger, on or about July 10, 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

A self-taught artist

Our Vincent van Gogh Highlights tour follows different approaches. Vincent van Gogh has worked as a painter for only 10 years. As a self-taught man, he learned himself how to paint and to draw. He was a real workaholic producing lots of paintings and drawings. One aspect of this tour is devoted to his development as an artist, the materials he used, and the art theories he attached value to.

Few artists have written as many letters as Vincent van Gogh. That is why we know so much about the artist himself and his work. So we can and will also pay a attention to his biography.

Cher Monsieur Aurier. Thank you letter from Vincent van Gogh to Albert Aurier for his critical acclaim, February 8 or 9, 1890.

Cher Monsieur Aurier. Thank you letter from Vincent van Gogh to Albert Aurier for his critical acclaim, February 8 or 9, 1890. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Dear Mr Aurier, Thank you very much for your article in the Mercure de France, which greatly surprised me. I like it very much as a work of art in itself, I feel that you create colours with your words…

Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Albert Aurier, on February 8 or 10, 1890, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

On the road a lot

Vincent van Gogh was on the road a lot, even before he became a painter. You can safely call him a traveling artist. Before becoming as an artist, he worked as an employee for an art gallery in international cities such as The Hague, London and Paris.

As an artist, Vincent van Gogh first started to develop himself in the Netherlands, continued his artist career for a short period in Belgium, and created his well-known colorful masterpieces in France.
We will follow his route imaginary and discuss the places where he has worked and the artworks that he created.

John Peter Russell, Vincent van Gogh, 1886, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

John Peter Russell, Vincent van Gogh, 1886, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

…and take good care of my portrait by Russel, which means a lot to me.

Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh, September 5 & 6, 1889, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Myths and legends

Vincent van Gogh is not only known for his strong visual language. His biography speaks volumes and we will not disregard this aspect. Many persistent myths circulate about Vincent van Gogh, but what do we really know about him and what not. Did he really sold only one painting? Was he really an artist no one knew? What about his ear again? And how does this knowledge relate to his works?

Vincent van Gogh, Almond Blossem, February 1890, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Vincent van Gogh’s Almond Blossom painting was a gift for Theo van Gogh and Theo’s wife Johanna Van Gogh-Bonger. On the occasion of their just born son Vincent Willem. Vincent Willem founded the Van Gogh Museum.

Details Highlights Tour Vincent van Gogh Museum

  • The Private Guided Tour Highlights of the Vincent van Gogh Museum.
  • Duration takes about 1.5 or 2 hours.
  • The group size for private museum tours in the Van Gogh Museum depends on the rules of the museum. Larger groups require several guides.
  • Art historian or art teacher as a guide.
  • Alternatively we offer a 90 minute Private Virtual Online Tour – Highlights of the Vincent van Gogh Museum.

Attribution Photos: all paintings and letter shown on this page belong to the collection of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. The photos themselves come from Wikipedia / Wiki Commons.