Guides and museumbooks

The Van Gogh Museum offers a good choice of books about the museum and the collection. The Museumguide is available in nine languages, from Dutch to Chinese.  

Museumguide
Vincent van Gogh. Life, work and contemporaries


96 pages, 75 illustrations
Dutch, English, German, French,
Spanish, Italian, Japanese,
Chinese, Russian,
paperback, € 7
Van Gogh Museum Enterprises, revised edition, 2011



Who was Van Gogh? Where did he live and work? What did he actually suffer from, what kind of sickness? Why are there six versions of his masterpiece The Sunflowers? There is an answer to all these questions in the Museum Guidebook. A brief account of Van Gogh’s life serves as the starting point for a review of his major paintings in the Van Gogh Museum collection. You are shown some of his masterpieces, beginning with the powerful, sombre Potato Eaters and continuing to later works in jubilant colours like The Yellow House or Almond Blossom – as well as the impressive landscapes he painted in his final weeks in in Auvers-sur-Oise. The Van Gogh Museum collection contains not only choice works by Van Gogh but also some of the highlights from 19th-century European painting. Works by contemporaries of Van Gogh’s such as George Seurat, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec complement the picture of the artist.

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Museumguide
100 Masterpieces in the Van Gogh Museum


144 pages, 100 illustrations
Dutch, English, German, French,
Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese,
Chinese, Russian,

paperback, € 15
Van Gogh Museum Enterprises, revised edition, 2011



This book discusses a number of the top pieces in the Van Gogh Museum. Former director John Leighton made the selection for the book and chose, as well as the most appealing works by Van Gogh, certain famous works by his friends and contemporaries such as Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin. The accompanying text recounts the story of Van Gogh and his career as an artist, placing both his works and those of his contemporaries in an (art)-historical context. The book is lavishly illustrated with full-page illustrations, attractive pictures showing details and historical photographs. This is a book for all connoisseurs and devotees of art from the 19th and early 20th century.

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