I Have Seen An Actual Van Gogh Painting

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    In the National Gallery....

    ...but with a lot paintings I was disapointed. It's not the subject and story that do it for me, it's the process and technique, the science behind the masterpiece.   Saying that... I do use him for examples when discussing the colour theory, he did use his...
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    Dec 9, 2008


    I too have seen many, many Van Gogh paintings up close and personal, inches from my nose.  They are textured, frequently he applied paint with a knife.  I saw them at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, perhaps my favorite museum anywhere.  There are a few here in...
    ElLagarto ElLagarto
    56-60, M
    9 Responses Jan 26, 2008

    A Self-portrait and a Portrait of a Sea Captain...

    along with a flowery landscape.  I agree, you HAVE to see them in person.  My local museum has 3, and each time I go I stop to tell Vincent hello. The thickness and simplicity of the strokes, the power, integrity and emotion suggested by the strength of the colors...
    mysticsovereign mysticsovereign
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Dec 9, 2008

    Two, Actually!

    Yeah, there are two in the permanent collection of the St. Louis Art Museum (which is free to visit, by the way!).  I've been there a bunch of times, and seen the Van Goghs each time.
    Plaid Plaid
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 26, 2011

    Vincent In Los Angeles? Yep.

    We went to a spectacular Van Gogh exhibition a few years ago at the LA County Museum of Art.  Of course we've all seen pictures of the most famous works, so I was familiar with a lot of the material, but what I was unprepared for was the brilliance and freshness of the...
    TenEyes TenEyes
    1 Response Dec 9, 2008


    When I was in Paris, I got to see one of his Starry Nights. Now don't get me wrong, the painting was beautiful, but what I experienced while viewing it was far more so. Because it was summer in Paris, there were many people crowding around a painting. In front of me was a...
    forgetmyname forgetmyname
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 8, 2008

    Has anyone seen Cafe Terrace at Night?

    I believe it's in a museum in the Netherlands. I've seen quite a few here at the Met including Starry Night, Sunflowers, and his self portrait with the straw hat.
    danadanes danadanes
    22-25, F
    Jun 2, 2015

    Yes, Several

    There was a huge tour of his best work, I think it was right before or right after the turn of this century. I went to see it on one of my birthdays.  An incredible artist. The work lives up to the hype. Please go and see as much of it as possible. :)
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    3 Responses Jan 26, 2008


    I went to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.   It was pretty : )
    Tesse Tesse
    18-21, F
    Dec 9, 2008
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