Wim Pijbes (Director of the Rijksmuseum) asks which work at the Rijksmuseum Vincent liked the most. Check out the answer.
Van Gogh enjoyed visiting the Rijksmuseum, originally located in the Trippenhuis and from 1885, at its current home. He was fond of many works, but Rembrandt’s The Jewish Bride had to be his favourite: ‘Rembrandt could do something else — when he didn’t have to be true in the literal sense, as he did in a portrait — when he could — make poetry — be a poet, that’s to say Creator. That’s what he is in the Jewish bride.’
The intimacy of the double portrait appealed to Vincent, and he was probably also pleased by Rembrandt’s use of coarse brushstrokes – a way of painting that saw him tear up the rulebook on how one was expected to paint in the 17th century. Two centuries later, Van Gogh would follow in Rembrandt’s footsteps.
Part of the Rijksmuseum Collection.