In the footsteps of…

Throughout his life the famous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh experienced periods of hardship and poverty, calling many different places across Europe home. Yet no matter his circumstances, his surroundings were always the primary source of inspiration for his paintings. Upon his death at age 37 Van Gogh—now considered to be one of the most influential painters of his generation—left behind a vast body of work.

And it’s a body of work that keeps on inspiring us to this day. Most recently, Van Gogh exhibits have gone digital in shows across Paris, Chicago and Florida where they’ve become immersive 360-degree spectacles, with other exhibitions set to follow in New York and Los Angeles this spring. The perfect taster perhaps for the ‘in the footsteps of Van Gogh’ experience that awaits you here in the Netherlands!

In actual fact, it was in France that the Dutch painter’s most famous works of art were created—why not discover more about the later years of the impressionist’s life by combining your Amsterdam trip with a visit to Paris (just 3 hours direct by train). There, you can admire his works at the Musée d’Orsay, discover Montmartre where he once lived, and visit the pretty village Auvers-sur-Oise where you’ll find the cemetery he’s buried in.

PHOTOCREDIT: vISITBRABANT
PHOTOCREDIT: VISITBRABANT

In the footsteps of…

In the Netherlands’ province of Noord-Brabant, where Vincent was born (and a place where he spent what has been referred to as ‘his darker days’) you can visit the sites he painted in his early career, explore the neighbourhood his family lived in, the church they attended, and get to know what inspired his early artistic ambitions.  

 Our knowledgeable guide will enlighten you on this relatively unknown period of the artist’s life… and you can even cycle through his world, with one of the 10 Van Gogh cycling routes that take you through the landscapes that were once his inspiration. One of those routes starts in Zundert, the village where Van Gogh was born. There, you can visit the Van Gogh house and the former rectory where his father was once Vicar. This was the place Van Gogh called home for 16 years and where he enjoyed the solitary walks that would spark his lifelong love affair with nature.

 Another one not to miss: the Van Gogh-Roosengaarde cycling path. As sunset draws in, this 600 metre cycle path containing thousands of twinkling, colored stones comes to life transforming into a scene inspired by the artist’s ‘Starry Night’. The brainchild behind the experience is the contemporary Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosengaarde, best known for fabricating future landscapes. In his work, we see how Van Gogh’s influence continues to inspire all these years on. Magic!

Back in the city, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum holds the largest collection of his work and of course we can assist with your very own private guide and skip-the-line tickets.  The second largest collection can be found at the Kröller Muller Museum in the Hoge Veluwe National Park. Blending stunning scenery and inspiring art… come explore Van Gogh’s Netherlands with us.

photocredit: VisitBrabant

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