Despite his psychological struggles, Vincent was at times highly productive while at the asylum. He painted some 150 works in just a year! Vincent was very pleased with this study of a mulberry tree. ‘… its bushy foliage was a magnificent yellow against a very blue sky and a white, stony, sunlit field behind’, he wrote to his sister Willemien. Vincent van Gogh, The Mulberry Tree (1889) collection @nortonsimon #VanGoghBlossoms #VanGoghMuseum #VincentvanGogh #Amsterdam #DailyArt
What is the story behind Van Gogh’s renowned painting Sunflowers? How was the work significant to Vincent van Gogh? How can we best preserve this masterpiece for future generations? Find out in our new exhibition 'Van Gogh and the Sunflowers' on view until 1 September! Can't make it? Follow #VanGoghSunflowers and we'll tell you the story. Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers (1889) #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #DailyArt #VincentvanGogh
‘The […] canvas absolutely kills all the rest’, wrote Vincent to his brother Theo in 1888! He was referring to this painting, which he thought was one of his most successful paintings. Van Gogh had spent days on end working in the wheatfields, in the searing heat of the sun. You can almost feel the dryness and heat. Vincent van Gogh, The Harvest (1888) #VanGoghMuseum #VincentvanGogh #Amsterdam #DailyArt
‘I sometimes regret that I can’t decide to work more at home and from the imagination. Certainly — imagination is a capacity that must be developed, and only that enables us to create a more glorified and consoling nature than what just a glance at reality (which we perceive changing, passing quickly like lightning) allows us to perceive’, wrote Vincent to his friend Emile Bernard. Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfield (1888) #VanGoghBlossoms #VanGoghMuseum #VincentvanGogh #Amsterdam #DailyArt
‘I’m in a fury of work as the trees are in blossom and I wanted to do a Provence orchard of tremendous gaiety’. Has Vincent achieved what he set out to do, and does his Provence orchard bring a smile to your face? Or are there perhaps other Van Gogh works that make you even happier? Vincent van Gogh, The Pink Orchard (1888) #VanGoghBlossoms #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #DailyArt #VincentvanGogh
‘This morning I worked on an orchard of plum trees in blossom — suddenly a tremendous wind began to blow, an effect I’d only ever seen here — and came back again at intervals. In the intervals, sunshine that made all the little white flowers sparkle. It was so beautiful!’ Nature can hit you with all sorts of surprises, and it always fascinated Van Gogh. Does nature fascinate you like that too? Vincent van Gogh, The White Orchard (1888) #VanGoghBlossoms #VanGoghMuseum #VincentvanGogh
‘Am hard at work again, still orchards in blossom. […] because orchards in blossom are subjects we have a chance of selling or exchanging’. Van Gogh was in a hurry to paint lots of works as quickly as he could. He wrote to his brother: ‘… but for Christ’s sake get the paint to me without delay. The season of orchards in blossom is so short…’ Follow #VanGoghBlossoms Vincent van Gogh, Blossoming Peach Trees (1888) (detail) #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #DailyArt #VincentvanGogh
‘Isn’t it the emotion, the sincerity of our feeling for nature, that leads us and — if these emotions are sometimes so strong that we work — without feeling that we’re working’. Vincent was inspired by trees in blossom. Vincent van Gogh, Orchard in Blossom (1889) #VanGoghBlossoms #VanGoghMuseum #VincentvanGogh
‘I’ve been very, very well these last few days; in the long run I believe that I’ll belong to these parts in all respects’. The nature in Arles revived Vincent after his time in Paris. ‘Well, I’d like to be able to attain that self-confidence that makes a person happy, cheerful and lively at all times. That can happen much more easily in the country or a small town than in that Parisian furnace’. What makes you happy? Vincent van Gogh, Orchards in Blossom, View of Arles (1889) #Van...
The beginnings of a cherished subject! When Van Gogh arrived in Arles, there was still snow on the ground. A little more than a week later, he wrote to his brother: ‘There’s a hard frost here, and out in the country there’s still snow — I have a study of a whitened landscape with the town in the background. And then 2 little studies of a branch of an almond tree that’s already in flower despite everything’. After that, Van Gogh began work on a large series of paintings of flowering o...
A pot plant like this is something you expect to see on a windowsill, not in a Van Gogh painting. And yet he still decided to paint it! Why? The work was a colour study. Vincent wanted the colours to intensify each other. Vincent van Gogh, Flowerpot with Garlic Chives (1887) #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #DailyArt #VincentvanGogh
‘The principal characteristic of a painter, I imagine, is to paint really well; those who can paint, those who can do it best, are the germs of something that will continue to exist for a long time, just as long as there are eyes that enjoy something that is singularly beautiful. […] a painter is someone who paints, just as a genuine flower lover is someone who loves plants and grows them himself, and not the tulip dealer’. Vincent van Gogh, Self-portrait with Grey Felt Hat (1887) #VanGogh...
Vincent became obsessed with colour. To save money, he tried out different colour combinations using threads of coloured wool. This meant he didn’t have to use expensive paint unnecessarily. Vincent van Gogh, Small Bottle with Peonies and Blue Delphiniums (1886) #VanGoghBlossoms #VanGoghMuseum #VincentvanGogh
‘Just think of that; isn’t it almost a new religion that these Japanese teach us, who are so simple and live in nature as if they themselves were flowers? […] it makes us return to nature, despite our education and our work in a world of convention’. Vincent combined the little of what was known about Japan with his own craving for a different type of art, and life. Japanese art showed him the way. Follow #VanGoghBlossoms. #VanGoghMuseum #Amsterdam #DailyArt #VincentvanGogh Utagawa Kunis...