Let's get real...if you love art and you are in The Netherlands, one of your first stops will certainly have be the Van Gogh Museum. Once you get past the long line (sometimes there's a super long wait) you will be happy you did. I went in the afternoon which was a mistake due to the line but somehow I was able to cut to the front because my friend was already a member of the museum...lucky me. Once inside though, the crowds are manageable and very organized. The mood is very cool too, like being in a church but one where everyone worships art.
What's not to love about this museum? Van Gogh has always been one of my favorites and I had never seen one of his paintings in person. To be honest, I was blown away. There were over 100 of his works, all under one roof! "Blossoming Almond Tree" - check. "The Bedroom" - check. "Self Portrait with Felt Hat" - check. "The Potato Eaters" - check. And yes, of course, "Sunflowers" - CHECK! Being in the presence of such great master works was a bit overwhelming. It was like a dream come true for me. On the day I was there I got very lucky to also get a chance to see the new Van Gogh which was just found (certified). That was an amazing bonus and an unexpected treat – one which not even my friend who regularly visits the museum had seen.
One other thing which is new to the museum and something not to miss if you go, is this: At the end of the tour, they have added a microscope where you can see magnified parts of some of Van Gogh's paintings. It is truly a sight to see his style and strokes from this microscopic perspective. From this new viewpoint, it is obvious why he is known as one of the greatest masters in the history of art. The guy was truly, without a doubt, a genius. Too bad he died broke, never knowing how loved and admired he would one day be. RIP VG!
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