Van Gogh self-portrait, 1887-1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
Amsterdam – Been There

Vincent would be pleased

Photo by Alberto Mateo

Amsterdam – Been There Vincent would be pleased

Vincent van Gogh was a classic example of a total misfit. Except for just a very few close friends he was hardly loved by anyone.

Walter Jansma
Walter Jansma

Some 125,000 sunflowers turn almost half of Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Square) into a bright yellow sea. The bright yellow flowers are in front of the grey-colored van Gogh Museum, which makes them stand out even more. The museum has been working on a new entrance for over a year. This 800-meter long labyrinth – solely consisting of the flowers van Gogh became famous for (he painted them several times) – celebrates the opening.

The show of thousands of flowers is clearly making people happy. And when everyone is allowed to take some home on the last day, the happiness spreads around the city like wildfire.

As I walk through the labyrinth, I’m thinking that Vincent would have loved this. His work wasn’t appreciated at all during his life – only one of his many paintings was sold while he was still alive. With all this in mind it makes me glad that so many people still come every year to see his masterpieces here in Amsterdam. He finally received the attention he deserved.

Sunflowers in front of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Opening of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Photo by Walter Jansma / Reader Photo

Walter Jansma

Walter Jansma

Canon EOS 70D

Reader Photo
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Opening of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

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