Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is an unimpressive building with a very impressive almond_blossomcollection of his work.  The Times notes that when built in 1973, it was expected to attract 60,000 visitors per year. By 1997 it was drawing a million and closed for a period for redesign and expansion.

The paintings I found engaging in person included “Apples” (1887), “Branches with Almond Blossom” (1890), “Wheatfield With Reaper” (1889), and “Wheatfield With Crows” (1890). Seen in person “Crows” feels like a suicide note, although the museum says it is unclear whether it was in fact Van Gogh’s last painting.

About Saint Expedite

Retired early, then took a trip across the Pacific from Seattle by container ship. From China I stopped in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, England and Ireland before heading home to Puget Sound. This blog is an account of my travels. Write to me at
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