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Tracing Van Gogh's legacy: His works and tragic life

  • Alpha Amirrachman


Amsterdam   /   Sat, April 5 2008   /  12:42 am
THE POTATO EATERS: Oil on canvas (1885) (Van Gogh Museum)

THE POTATO EATERS: Oil on canvas (1885) (Van Gogh Museum) When my colleagues invited me on a tour of the Van Gogh Museum, I immediately accepted the invitation. I have always wanted to see Vincent van Gogh's original masterpieces that symbolized the important junctures of his life -- from his artistic development, sorrowful romance and illness to his suicide. The museum attracts around one million visitors annually from all over the world. It houses 200 paintings, almost 500 drawings, four sketchbooks and 800 letters. With headphones, visitors can be guided on an audio tour that passes almost every painting in the museum and other art collections. On the first floor, I was met with an assortment of Van Gogh's paintings displayed in a chronologic order. The second floor of the museum offers provisional educational presentations, including subjects on rest...