|Vincent Van Gogh painted this version of “Sunflowers” in 1889.|
We visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam today. We were alone, as our tour ended last night and most of our fellow birders flew home this morning. We chose to stay to see this one more museum, as we are very fond of Van Gogh. Of course we saw the painting “Sunflowers” — which is one of five sunflower depictions that Van Gogh did. He considered these paintings to be masterpieces, and they have become icons of modern art.
The museum was fully booked today — only timed tickets are accepted, no
Quite a few people were viewing “Sunflowers,” though it’s not painfully crowded.
|A sunflower poster on the museum wall.|
|The shop offers a full selection of sunflower-themed items, including notebooks, bags, pill boxes, umbrellas, socks, pot holders, tea towels, scarves, and face masks.|
|On the street outside the museum we even saw a sunflower-painted car.|
Special Exhibition at the Musseum: "Golden Boy Gustav Klimt"
“Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) is one of the most fascinating artists of western art history. He is world-famous for his golden and decorative paintings and his portraits of strong women.” Klimt was inspired by a number of painters of his time, including Van Gogh, and this exhibit includes a number of works of these artists, showing their influence. We learned that besides his famous golden paintings, Klimt produced a variety of other works, particularly landscape paintings and murals.
|Inside the exhibit: a copy of Klimt’s frieze from the Vienna Sessession.|
|Klimt’s painting of a Golden Knight, which I had never seen.|
A Shopping Street near the Amsterdam Museums
|A canal near the museums and the shopping streets.|