Fridays at the Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is featuring Van Gogh at Work, which includes not only Van Gogh’s paintings, but his sketches, showing how he worked and evolved in his 10 short, yet productive, years as an artist, as well as the work of his colleagues Emile Bernard, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec who influenced Van Gogh. On Fridays, the museum is open until 10 pm, with cocktails, DJs, and live music starting at 6. Taking in Van Gogh originals with musical accompaniment was pretty cool, even if a bit overwhelming and difficult to concentrate at times.


“I know how much I still have  to learn myself, but all the same I’m beginning to see light ahead of me and,  one way or another, by practising on my own by learning anything I can use from others, I’ll continue to paint with passion.” –Vincent Van Gogh; 22 October 1883

Van Gogh was primarily a self-taught artist, only taking very brief stints of formal instruction at art academies in Antwerp and Utrecht and other artists’ studios. Up until nearly the end of his artistic career, he drew grids onto his canvases to help him achieve accuracy in perspective, depth, and dimension. 

Man with a sack of wood; 1881.

Weaver, with a baby in a highchair; 1884.

Kneeling ecorche plaster cast and painting; 1886

Snow-covered field with a harrow; 1890.

The Drinkers; 1890

The Van Gogh piece Sunset at Montmajour unveiled just yesterday will be on show starting 24 September: