Revisit: Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam

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Inside the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, NL

One month housesit in the Netherlands. My first museum visit in Amsterdam is a return to one of my favourites.

Excited to catch a special exhibition comparing the works of van Gogh and Edvard Munch, only on until January 17. The similarities between these two artists who ran in the same circles but may have never actually met is incredibly striking and visible in many of their paintings. It is wonderful to see that Munch is so much more than just The Scream (on display is the pastel version).

“One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream.” Edvard Munch, 1892


The Scream, Edvard Munch, 1893

My purchase of a Museumkaart for free entry to over 400 museums in the Netherlands has already paid off within a week. It also allows me to hop into a few museums which I would normally not visit due to the cost.

It’s the Christmas season, Museumplein is transformed into a winter wonderland with a Christmas Market and Ice Amsterdam skating outdoor skating rink. A great opportunity to try some winter treats, such as glühwein, olliebollen and kibbeling. Who woulda thunk that I would be craving fish as a snack.

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Knotberken by Vincent van Gogh, pen on paper, 1884

Discovering artwork that is different than an artist’s known style is always a treat, especially when it shows an artist’s evolution. Knotberken (Pollard Birches), 1884, is a pen on paper drawing by van Gogh that is refreshing in its simplicity, void of the extreme colour palette and heavy brushstrokes that we are accustomed to seeing from this artist. It also shows that he was a talented draftsman in his own right.