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Going to Gogh

By Denebola
Published: September 2010

A major part of the Prague Spring Program involves spending a day in the famous city of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Despite being jet-lagged and coming straight off of a red-eye, our group managed to scuttle around the city to profit.
Among our many adventures in Amsterdam, we were required to go to the Van Gogh Museum by our  co-director, Mr. White. Although we had no choice in the matter, the Van Gogh Museum ended up being a more interesting experience than we ever expected.
It is, as you may have guessed, a museum with Van Gogh’s artwork put on display.
We had the opportunity to wander around the museum, take careful notes on a few paintings, and admire the cleanliness of the establishment, equipped with very clean water fountains and beautiful women filling the halls. But as Mr. White once said, “There is much more to museums than drinking at the water fountains and getting picked up. It turned out that, in this case, Mr. White was correct.
The museum itself was very large and incredibly white.
There are three floors in this museum, the bottom two of which had Van Gogh’s art on display, while the top floor was an entirely separate art exhibit.
Although the basic atmosphere may seem boring, the content within its halls was quite enlightening and even shared the same gloomy tone that the atmosphere first provided. In the Van Gogh exhibits, we took a few notes on a select few of his more famous works, including Reaper, Bedroom, and Potato Eaters.
All of his paintings are unique in their own way, but they all have a few qualities in common. For example, all of the paintings have a dark aura around them. In most, the use of dark colors makes the presence more apparent. Even when using light colors, Van Gogh managed to darken the painting by making the picture as plain as possible.
Another similarity is the depressing atmosphere that surrounded the works of Van Gogh. For example, more paintings displayed one person alone or no people at all. If there were people, they would often be in a depressing situation, such asworking in a field.
Although we did not learn much about his life, we can conclude from his paintings that Van Gogh was a deeply disturbed man. But although his paintings were dark and depressing, the man truly had a knack for painting.
We all greatly enjoyed observing his work around the museum’€Oh, and we met some “interesting people by the water fountain too.

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