Firstly, let me just say, I love the works of Vincent Van Gogh. I always have. They are beautiful and they make me happy. When I am on one of my frequent visits to the Van Gogh Museum, I can physically feel a wave or excitement and happiness. It is his own style, plus the colours, plus the whole story about the artist. All of these elements combine and I feel something special that no other artist’s work makes me feel. I love the work of so many other artists, but none of them have a hold over me like those of Van Gogh. What with all the museums being closed due to Corona Virus, I am missing my regular art fix. So it is great that a collection of Dutch museums created an online digital Van Gogh collection, The Van Gogh Worldwide. Read on to find out more.
Learn more about the most famous artworks with this online Van Gogh Collection
Vincent van Gogh – Almond blossom, 1890, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Over 1000 paintings digitised for your viewing pleasure
Sadly, Van Gogh had a very short life, born in 1853 and he died in 1890. In addition to this is the fact that he only decided to become an artist in 1880, at the age of 27. It is therefore even more incredible that he created around 2000 artworks before he died. Luckily for us, he was certainly prolific. The digital Van Gogh Worldwide has around 1000 of his works digitised and available for viewing.
Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers, 1889, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
A collective of Dutch Museums
From this year onwards, works by the artist in other collections abroad will start to be added. The end result will be a definitive treasure trove of works and all associated information. Participating museums in The Netherlands include the Van Gogh Museum, of course, and these fabulous museums below. Another one that is less well known, but has a huge collection is the Kroller-Muller Museum in Otterlo. Also, these fabulous places of culture:
- Centraal Museum (Utrecht)
- Van Gogh Huis (Zundert)
- Rijksmuseum Twenthe (Enschede)
- Museum de Fundatie (Zwolle)
- Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam)
- Dordrechts Museum (Dordrecht)
- Drents Museum (Assen)
- Groninger Museum (Groningen)
- Het Noordbrabants Museum (Den Bosch)
- Kunstmuseum Den Haag
- Museum Voorlinden (Wassenaar)
- Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam)
- Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Vincent Van Gogh, La Chambre à Arles, 1889, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
It’s all about the details
Most of his more famous masterpieces are from his final years when he was at the height of his creative powers. The collection covers every period of his work as an artist, so you can search by collection or even by location. Each piece has in depth information. It includes many sketches by Van Gogh too. It is so complete. You can also see works that were erroneously accredited as paintings by Van Gogh. Information also includes details about the restorations, images on the back of the artworks as well as host of other behind the scenes details. Fans of Van Gogh will adore this site.
Vincent Van Gogh, The Yellow House, 1888, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Not a self-portrait!
A wonderful resource where the full range of Vincent Van Gogh’s creative genius is celebrated and preserved for future generations. Now people the world over can enjoy seeing more of his creations from the comfort of their own homes. What a great idea!
Vincent Van Gogh by John Peter Russell, 1886, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
In conclusion and to finish with this wonderful painting of Vincent by the Australian artist John Peter Russell who were great friends in Paris. It is considered one of the most lifelike images of Van Gogh. Furthermore, Vincent loved the painting and he wrote to his brother to say, ‘take good care of my portrait by Russell, which means a lot to me.’
Head on over to Van Gogh Worldwide and enjoy all the beautiful digital Van Gogh paintings in the online Van Gogh collection.
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Tip: If you get down to the Van Gogh Museum first in the morning and go straight to the top floor, you can have the whole place to yourself. That is magical.