Vincent. The Van Gogh Museum in the Hermitage Amsterdam

29 September 2012 - 25 April 2013

The Van Gogh Museum's temporary stay at the Hermitage Amsterdam is an opportunity to discover the work of Vincent van Gogh in an entirely new way. Admire works by Vincent van Gogh from tour collection in a new context. This presentation of some 75 important paintings, combined with letters, drawings and objects, allows you to follow Vincent on his personal quest to the heart of his artistic being, while exploring the themes of his art.

Van Gogh moves


Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Sunflowers, 1889, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Almond blossom, 1890, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)Top pieces, such as Sunflowers, The bedroom, Almond blossom, The potato eaters and The yellow house, are displayed in surprising combinations of earlier and later works. The presentation will reveal what drove Van Gogh as an artist. Sometimes he was fascinated by the technical sides of his profession, such as the effect of colour and the creation of a personal style; other times he focused on specifi c subjects, such as peasant life, modern portraits and nature. These ideas guided him through his quest, and also structure the presentation.

Among the unique items are letters, drawings and objects once owned by Van Gogh, seldom displayed on account of their fragility. No other artist in the world wrote as many richly illustrated letters as Vincent van Gogh, which help us to identify his motives and dilemmas. These very real objects and a selection of letters bring the stories of his work and career vividly to life in this presentation.

Van Gogh’s personal themes
Van Gogh’s development as an artist runs through the presentation in seven themes, including the techniques of painting and the many styles that he encountered. You will discover the reasons for his fascination with these themes and the messages he incorporated in his works. Objects once owned by the artist, such as a vase and a plaster model, bring an even more personal flavour to the presentation.
Learn more about the themes and watch the videos.

Follow Van Gogh on his path
The presentation allows you to follow Vincent van Gogh on his path and explore his motivation for creating art. There is much to discover, for the artist produced a substantial body of work, using various styles and techniques, in just ten years. We now know that Van Gogh deliberately chose these subjects to refl ect his vision of life. And that only his determined efforts to refi ne his technique enabled him to gain aleading role in art history.

Catalogue: Vincent
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), The yellow house ('The street'), 1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)The catalogue Vincent presents the top pieces from the Van Gogh Museum collection, structured around the programme of study which Van Gogh set up for himself. This new and refreshing approach to his personality, work and development places the emphasis on the ideas that shaped his career as an artist.
Written by Leo Jansen and Renske Suijver, with a contribution by Ann Blokland.
Languages: English, Dutch and French, 160 pages, 146 illustrations, € 19.95, Van Gogh Museum Publications.

Van Gogh meets Impressionist favourites from the Hermitage
During the Van Gogh Museum’s temporary stay the Hermitage Amsterdam will also present the exhibition Impressionism: Sensation & Inspiration, Highlights from the Hermitage until 27 January 2013. This double bill of Van Gogh and many of his leading contemporaries will offer a unique survey of prominent nineteenth-century French painters.

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