About the MuseumAll of us and especially art lovers among us know Vincent Van Gogh, one of the greatest painters of all time. The Dutch artist, who in his lifetime did not succeed, was successful only after he ended his life in 1890. In his life Van Gogh sold only one painting, but today he is considered one of the greatest painters in history, if not the greatest. When you visit a museum dedicated to him in Amsterdam, you will be exposed to the largest collection in the world collected for him.
The museum was founded in 1973 in a building designed by the architect Gerrit Rietveld. The museum has more than 200 paintings and 500 drawings. You can learn about Van Gogh's artistic development through the chronological displays of the works and learn about the development of his painting style throughout the seven periods he created, from the "optimistic" to the darkest. You will also be exposed in the museum to the works of other artists who created in the 19th century and learn about the turbulent period in general.
Pay particular attention to the famous paintings of Van Gogh, "Potato Eaters," "Yellow House in Arles" and one of the three "Sunflower" paintings.
In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum also has temporary exhibitions on various subjects. Children can also find interest in workshops, voice tours, and treasure hunt games to keep them alert and active.
What is Van Gogh's Story?Vincent Van Gogh is now known as one of the greatest painters of all time, but in his life he suffered from poverty and many difficulties in his soul and his relationship with others. As a painter he is known for his bold and expressive use of colors and is now considered one of the creators of Expressionism.
In his youth, he changed drawing styles more than once and was very influenced by the Japanese painting. He created his large paintings, full of light and light colors, in the last years of his life. These years he painted in the south of France. At the same time, Van Gogh began to lose his sanity and did strange things that indicated a difficult mental distress. The most famous of them was the chopping off his ear, rumored to give it to a woman he loved, but in reality probably after a quarrel with his friend, the painter Paul Gauguin.
Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting, called "The Red Kerem." His lack of pocket led him to draw on tablecloths and towels he took from the mental institution where he was hospitalized. Today his paintings are worth millions of dollars each.
The realization of his genius came only a few years after his death. His paintings were then exhibited in Paris and were widely appreciated. Since then they have become the most important in the history of art and are now sold at record prices!
About the Theft from the MuseumIn 2002 two important works were stolen from the museum. The paintings are "A View Above the Sea in Scheveningen" and "People Emerging from the Church in Nuenen." These are two works lent to the museum by the Dutch government. Using a ladder and hammers, the thieves entered the museum through the roof, took the two paintings from the exhibition hall and fled for their lives. The value of the works was 77 million euros and they were not insured when they were stolen. The FBI defined the theft as one of the world's top ten art crimes.
In 2016, the stolen creations were handed over to the authorities by a criminal organization after an ongoing investigation. Using DNA samples collected at the museum, two suspects were arrested: "the monkey," the art thief Octav Durham and his partner Henk Bayslin, both of whom were sentenced to four years in prison.