|The van Gogh Museum, street entrance, is deceiving.|
The view is neither its best architecturally nor does
it do the museum justice in any other sense. Much
of the museum is actually below street level.
|Architecturally, the van Gogh, with its most recent addition, is striking from this angle; but,|
quite frankly, it's one most visitors don't see, actually the back of the museum.
|Inside, the "floating" staircase is much more |
fun than the elevators.
I saw art by Gauguin, Vlaminck, Courbet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Seurat, Monet, Pissarro, Manet and few others with which I was not familiar--not just work those who were influenced by van Gogh, but also those who influence him. Some of these I'd never before encountered except in books or on line. The van Gogh has the largest collection of its namesake's work in the world, comprising over 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters. As with Saint Petersburg's Hermitage, a few days later, time was limited, perhaps no more than 90 minutes (with some of that spent in the expansive (and expensive) gift shop). In all, I spent more time reading labels than studying the art. The place is worthy of a full afternoon, a full day for the connoisseur.
|Johanna van Gogh-Bonger,|
1925, Isaac Israels
|Off-white walls, hardwood floors, discreet, roped barriers, inside the van Gogh is very much|
like any other modern-day museum except for the extraordinary man and his work.