When I went to Amsterdam, I decided to go visit the Van Gogh museum, a decision I, personally, don’t regret one bit. I always loved Van Gogh paintings, but seeing them in person is another type of story. The museum in the home county of the Dutch painter houses the biggest collection of his works, with 200 paintings, 400 drawings and 700 letters of his. When I went there the paintings were divided in three categories: landscapes, self-portraits and flowers. I have to say that each one of them had amazing painting, but the one that amazed me the most is the flower section, it wasn’t the one with the most paintings or the one with the least, but there was a particular canvas that I never saw before that stayed in my heart, “sunflowers gone to seed” it wasn’t the most amazing painting you could have ever seen in that museum, but the emotions that it conveyed were extremely powerful, I felt a kind of loneliness given by the soft brush strokes. The smallest collection was in the self-portrait section with just 18 paintings, this, however, did not make the Exhibition disappointing at all. All 18 of the paintings were amazing, but I found particularly interesting the 1897 self-portrait, because of its almost “incomplete look”, with the background having just some brush strokes indicative of Van Gogh so recognisable style. Another thing that I found interesting was how in all the paintings he had the same look in his eyes, making even the most colourful of them “self-portrait with pipe and straw hat” have a powerful presence that left a bad taste on the tongue, because of how sad he looked, I was left admiring his works while knowing that they were a result of years of sadness and loneliness that would bring him to take his own life in 1890. The landscape exhibition was the biggest one, but because of the short time I had left I decided to go see “Wheatfield with crows” the painting by many considered his last, but that as explained in the museum is not at all, however there isn’t a misconception with the understanding of the meaning of this piece, since Van Gogh said it himself in a letter to his brother.

The painting’s blue, strong and turbulent sky was meant to symbolise “sadness and extreme loneliness” and the warm yellow of the wheatfield wanted to show “healthy and fortifying about the countryside”. Van Gogh’s work always influenced my painting style with its brush strokes and vivid colour, my time at the museum was extremely meaningful to me, and I think that this will be an experience I will always remember and cherish.

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