Friday, October 13, 2017

The Dutch in Paris - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

On Wednesday I was invited by Holland Tourist Office for an 'up and down' one-day trip to Amsterdam to catch new exhibits at the Van gogh Musuem and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
More than 1,300 Dutch artists came to live and study in Paris between 1789 - 1914. 13 artists are represented in the xhibit.
The new exhibit at the Van Gogh museum at Museumplein 6 will come to Paris in February at Petit Palais.
Turn of the century everyone was enthalled with Paris and the Eiffel Tower
Visiting Dutch artists certainly had grand ateliers where they painted and taught.
Gerard van Spaendonck painted in such a grand atelier and was terrifically successful with his rich floral oils.
Getting into the annual salon was the goal of every artist, French, Dutch or otherwise. Crowds in the thousands thronged to view the latest juried paintings.
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The bigger the frame viewed at eye-level was most desirable of course. Jongkind's handsome painting of the Seine near Notre Dame.
Netherlands Institute for Art History has been researching exactly where each Dutch artist lived in Paris.
Van Gogh came to Paris in 1886 and lived in Montmartre.
Befriended and inspired by Emile Bernard and Paul Signac, his early paintings are soft and impressionistic. When he left two years later he had evolved into a modern artist.
His paintings of Montmartre are a surprise.
Kees van Dongen came in 1899. Love these early, rough charcoal street sketches
Our excellent guide, Edwin Becker, senior curator looked to have stepped out of 19th century Paris himself
I was so tempted to pick up this book of van gogh's wonderful drawings and watercolors.
Instead I got the irresisitable 'Potato (crisp) Eaters'..ahem
More Amsterdam to come.
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22 comments:

  1. I was just on the grounds of the Van Gogh trail in St-Rémy whwre he spent time there.
    Interesting!

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  2. Edwin Becker has very cute pants! What a wonderful trip -- how I'd love to see that exhibit. (I would have caved and bought the VanGogh book!)

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    1. They gave us so many catalogs we could barely walk. Another book.
      Not possible. Next time!

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    2. Becker's stovepipes were navy blue brocade!!

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  3. Love these pictures!

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  4. Lynn S12:01 PM

    I love this museum...the way it is laid out. So easy to go through. Don't you love it?

    Foll wed b a pannakoeken?

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    1. No, I did not eat a pancake.
      But I did eat a NEW YORK Hot Dog and a folded, melted Edam sandwich.

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  5. Lucky you!!!

    But so much in a day! How long is the train ride?

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    1. 3 hours each way Kay,
      I would have much preferred to stay over. Maybe next time...

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  6. As I recall, a lot of Van Gogh's work is a surprise!

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  7. I've always liked Van Gogh but not a favorite until I went to the Imagine Van Gogh at the Grand Hall de la Villette - it was beyond spectacular.

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    1. Wish I had seen that. I needed a push.
      There is the new animated movie...

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    2. Hadn't heard about the movie.

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  8. What a fun trip! Interesting exhibition too. Hope it was fun, 3 hours each way is a big day trip,

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    1. A lot of napping enroute.
      Worth it for AMSTERDAM!!❤️❤️❤️

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  9. Thanks for sharing your day in Amsterdam. I was there in June and had a great time and the museums were great.

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  10. Lois Bender2:39 AM

    I hear The Hague has a Mondrian show and
    the whole city is Mondrianed ..his dEsign motifs everywhere….
    must be great!

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  12. Fast trip. Your photos are lovely. Really like the pic of Notre Dame. Looks familiar from your perspective everyday. Packed a lot into the day.

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    1. That angle is from the quai de Montibello...I will shoot some from there..

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  13. Barry S8:03 PM

    Van Gogh's early work is beautiful & even in impressionistic strokes he never comes off as 'flou' as some of the others do. there's a sharpness 2 his early work that's so much him.

    & i was fascinated by his vues of montmartre, in late 1880s i suppose, when it looks like part of it was very built up & part was still 'la campagne' dotted w 'moulins'. i alwys knew that paris was surrounded by a moulin-dotted countryside but didn't realize parts of montmartre were still rural-ish in 1880s. ary scheffer's house (he also dutch), now musee vie romantique, must have been definitely out in the country in 1830 when it was built.

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  14. What a great trip! For you maps, have you done a map of all the Paris artists' homes? And the writers' homes and hangouts?

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