Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum is the biggest museum for a signal artist (in term of museums I have been, so far). It is in Amsterdam downtown with a good location. It was built by glass wall to form a semi-circular building with modern fashionable style. It has a detail research on Van Gogh’s letter and drawing materials & techniques.
Van Gogh Museum has about four floors. Each floor is a life section of Van Gogh such as Student Time, Adult Time…etc with paintings he drew in that period of time. Audiences can get a better understanding of Van Gogh life and the background of each paintings.
Van Gogh was considered to be mentally ill in his life time. He got such a beautiful building just for his own after his death. I wonder would he laugh or cry if he knew in heaven.
Although the admission fee of Van Gogh Museum is expensive but it worth a visit. I have only seen the famous Sunflowers, Portraits, Chairs series in textbooks and now I finally see the real masterpiece, I～am～so～touching～!!
I stand in front of the self-portrait of Van Gogh and having a good look at it. The layers of color suddenly fade out when I silently gaze into Van Gogh’s eyes. There is greenish blue under the flesh skin color and there is blackish brown underneath. Layers and layers of color overlap each other and Van Gogh’s face was built by thousand layers of color under the brushes.
I blink and bring myself together and look up and meet Van Gogh’s eyes again. He was still melancholy but that strong emotion was flowing out with waves of color. They surge out the frame, gushing out the museum and meeting the world. His color charm me, charm every audience in the museum and charm everyone it meet.
The Dutch love Van Gogh very much. Van Gogh Museum carried out all sort of detail research on Van Gogh such as using a microscope to enlarge and enlarge Van Gogh’s paintings to show his technique of color mixing. And proving some color on the remained paintings has faded away by modern technology. Some original painting has a bright reddish purple but the remained paintings just left a blackish color. Van Gogh wrote lots of letter to his brother Theo throughout his life. Van Gogh Museum collect, sort, identify, translate and publish all those letters. This letter project can not be done without an obsession love.
I was surprised by the souvenir shop in Van Gogh Museum. There just so many kinds of different term of souvenir. Of course there are the most common cup, dish, plate, blow, printed matter like postcard, calendar…etc Van Gogh’s almond flowers was printed on T shirt, scarf and even handbag. And to my utter surprise, there even a Van Gogh KIMONO! The Kimono was printed with Van Gogh imitation on Utagawa Hiroshige’s Ukiyo-e.
I guess Japanese love Van Gogh too. There is a ‘Japan Corner’ in the souvenir shop with kimono, Japanese-Belt, hairpin, nightgown…etc I travel a long way to Amsterdam and saw the most traditional Japanese kimono crossover with the most famous Dutch artist Van Gogh. What a small world…
The library in Van Gogh Museum is a spot for surprise too. There are every books about Van Gogh including the academic critics, the informative letters of Van Gogh and even the popular Van Gogh biography comic. And of course books about Japanese Ukiyo-e and Japanese kimono.
And by the way, Tong Li publish Goodbye Magician comic (original Japanese name: さよならソルシエ) book one and book two. This comic books are based on Van Gogh real life but create a total different story. It said Van Gogh never go crazy and never a mentally ill person. He was killed by thieves just as he comprehended his unique drawing skill. Theo, his brother was so sad and he conspires Van Gogh’s friends to make a false claims that Van Gogh was a mentally ill person to legendized Van Gogh who meant to be a famous artist. This book cursed but with a heart of pureness, absurd but with a sense of humor. This is really a super interesting book and worth to be collected in the library in Van Gogh Museum：）