Rijks & Van Gogh Museums
Trip Start Nov 29, 2011
11Trip End Dec 10, 2011
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The Rijksmuseum may be in "highlight mode" while the museum is under renovation, but the display of over 400 masterpieces is an exceptional opportunity to see the very best of the collection together. From beautiful doll houses, silverware, Delftware and world famous paintings of Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Vermeer and Rembrandt we follow along with the audio guide and immerse ourselves in the Dutch Golden Age.
I take out my notebook and pen and keep asking myself questions – what do I like about the object/painting? How & what am I responding to? What techniques were used? What's the color palette? Questions upon questions
We arrived at the Rijks at 9 AM and it’s now about 1:30 PM. We didn’t know how long we would spend here, we just got involved and let ourselves follow the flow. I am so thankful that we’re all so travel compatible and easy about going with the flow. I appreciate that it was okay to spend so much time here!
We’re hungry and need some time to sit, so we head over to the café at the Van Gogh Museum. After a light lunch and rest, we do some time travel from the 17th century Dutch Golden Age to the late 19th century, 1880 – 1890. We are exposed to a chronology of Van Gogh’s development as an artist. He was largely self-taught and we see his development into his distinctive style of painting
After our usual happy hour at Barry & Karen’s room where we are starting to dent the bottles of scotch and wine, we head off to Café Pompa, in easy walking distance from the hotel. There is quite a wide menu selection. We choose to share an appetizer of large mussels and Harvey actually tries one. He tells us later that it was “icky”. One person’s pleasure is another ones ickiness – I enjoyed them. For our main courses, we have pasta with shrimp & mussels, pasta with shrimp (heads and all), vegetarian antipasto with side dishes of garlic shrimp and mushrooms. All dishes are declared yummy.
Over dinner, we talk about the day and what was most memorable
- Wonderful to spend time in two small museums with a specific focus.
- Rembrandt’s Nightwatch is a spectacular painting – detail unbelievable, it was cut off at end
- Rembrandt – how he looks at lighting
- Franz Hall – wedding couple painting if Margie's favorite painting
- Jan Steen is Harvey's favorite - sense of humor & playfulness of scenes
- Van Gogh - to walk through and see his development as a painter and his life story – active artist for ten years – part of that learning how to paint and in sanitorium; it was fascinating. Would I buy this? No – wasn’t appreciated until 20th century.
- For me, Van Gogh offers inspiration to keep trying and enjoy the process of discovery and developing my visual voice
- Painting entitled “Underbrush” - Standing close no idea – stand back, magnificent forest so lush & green
- Dollhouses – beautiful pieces – pinnacle of profession to create the silver, china, etc. yet the motivation for making is the pinnacle of ostentachousness
“One’s destination is never a place,
but a new way of seeing things.”