Amsterdam – Vincent van Gogh
Yesterday we went to the ‘Rijksmuseum’ in Amsterdam to see paintings of Vincent van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer and other famous Dutch painters.
Taking pictures without flash is allowed in the museum, so I tried to take some famous pictures like this one:
Vincent moved to Paris in 1886, after hearing from his brother Theo about the new, colourful style of French painting. Wasting no time, he tried it out in several self-portraits. He did this mostly to avoid having to pay for a model. Using rhythmic brushstrokes in striking colours, he portrayed himself here as a fashionably dressed Parisian.
Then I remembered next song of McLean: Vincent, a song written as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. McLean wrote the lyrics in 1971 after reading a book about the life of the artist.