Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum – Starry, Starry Night….


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The Van Gogh Museum celebrates its 40th year in 2013. We understood that it just re-opened it’s doors to the public on 1 May 2013 so it was perfectly timed for our visit. More can be found here about Van Gogh’s life and works.

I was reminded of a lovely video a friend of mine sent below with the famous song Starry, Starry Night, the tribute to Van Gogh. The video contains some of his well known works of art. The link is below, following the words (called VanGoghSong1). Just open it, click on slide show and enjoy.

You probably know the song “Starry Starry Night” by Don McLean, written by him in 1971 as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. The song describes various Van Gogh paintings. In 1972, McClean’s record was No.1 in the U.K. 

For several years, the Van Gogh  Museum in Amsterdam played the song daily.

In the museum’s security safe is a copy of the sheet music, a set of  Van Gogh’s paint brushes,

the hat he wore while painting Starry Night  and various other items.

It is said that ‘Starry Night’ was painted while he was in an asylum.

He sold only one painting during his lifetime, as his genius was not recognized. 

That may be what caused him to fall into an abyss of depression which led to his suicide…….

tragic for one so gifted to have felt so non-understood.

Open the attached  and enjoy the video.  Make sure you have the volume turned up!

( if you want to print off the pictures, you’ll have a set of Van Gogh’s 32 best-known paintings.)


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