In the ten years of Vincent van Gogh’s career as an artist (1880-1890), he was extremely prolific, producing more than 860 paintings and almost 1,200 works on paper. Much of his oeuvre can be found in the Van Gogh Museum.
Nowhere else in the world are so many works of art by Van Gogh on display in one place. The collection includes 200 paintings, 500 drawings and more than 800 letters to and from Van Gogh. Visitors can not only trace the development of his work but also compare it to the work of his contemporaries.
The Van Gogh Museum seeks to make the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and the art of his day accessible to as many people as possible, to enrich their lives and inspire them. The artist’s enduring appeal is clear from the number of visitors coming to the museum every year: more than 1.4 million.
By investigating the materials, tools and techniques used by Van Gogh and comparing them with those of his contemporaries, as well as with traditional working methods and theoretical manuals, we can place Van Gogh’s artistic practice in historical context. Who provided the inspiration for his experimental techniques, and who was inspired by him?
This research project offers a richer, more nuanced picture of the artist. The results of the research also contribute to better conservation of the works of Van Gogh and his contemporaries.