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Amsterdam Miscellany

Posted: January 3, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Canal-side house

Canal-side house

A Quiet Canal

A Quiet Canal

Street performer

Street performer

The Concert Hall

The Concert Hall

The Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum

The Floating Chinese Restaurant

The Floating Chinese Restaurant

The Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum

Amsterdam Bridges

Posted: December 31, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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In a city with so many canals, there are of course a great many bridges

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Rijksmuseum (2)

Posted: December 25, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Some other artifacts from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam that caught my eye

Cannons captured in Java 1800

Cannons captured in Java 1800

Plate bearing the Arms of Amsterdam

Plate bearing the Arms of Amsterdam

Plate bearing the Arms of Gronigen

Plate bearing the Arms of Gronigen

Japanese Container in the form of a crane

Japanese Container in the form of a crane

Japanese Temple Guardian

Japanese Temple Guardian

Japanese Temple Guardian

Japanese Temple Guardian

Some more items from the Rijksmuseum collection

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During our recent trip to Amsterdam we went to the Rijksmuseum to see the collection of Art Nouveau.

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I love the designs and the colours. I guess it may have something to do do with my love of natural history and the nature themes of many art nouveau pieces

During our recent visit to Amsterdam we visited the Rijksmuseum. This is the national museum housing both a historical and art collection.

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Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Photo by frankfp47 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frankfp47/)

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The most famous painting in the museum is the Nightwatch by Rembrandt

A more relaxed night-watch- by Rembrant (fake)
Photo by tutincommon (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10647023@N04/)

But I chose the painting below as my favourite. It is a picture of the battle of Waterloo by Jan Willem Pienemann and shows the moment when the Duke of Wellington (the British Commander) hears that the Prussian army has arrived at Waterloo. This was the turning point of the battle which till then had been very even. Napoleon’s plan has relied on being able to keep the Prussians from making it to the battle before he had beaten the British and their allies but although it was a close run thing the French army failed to do this and the battle was lost.

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Vincent Van Gogh (4)

Posted: December 13, 2013 in Amsterdam, History, Netherlands
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Some final pictures of paintings by one of my favourite artists

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Vincent Van Gogh (3)

Posted: December 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, History, Netherlands
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Some landscapes by Van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh (2)

Posted: December 8, 2013 in Amsterdam, History, Netherlands
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Although I had visited the museum before, I had not known about Van Gogh’s liking for Japanese art and that he had produced a number of pictures in the Japanese-style.

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Vincent van Gogh (1)

Posted: December 7, 2013 in Amsterdam, History, Netherlands
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During our recent visit to Amsterdam, we went to the Van Gogh Museum.

Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Vincent van Gogh was born on 30 March 1853. After school he went to work for an art dealers, but in pursuing his desire to become a pastor, he left in 1879 and went to work as a missionary in a poor mining region in Belgium. The scenes that he saw here are captured in some of his paintings.

"The potato eaters, Vincent van Gogh (1885)" / "De aardappeleters, 1885 Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)"
The Potato eaters
Photo by BlikStjinder (http://www.flickr.com/photos/blikstjinder/)

In 1885 he moved first to Paris and then to the South of France and concentrated on his painting. He continued to struggle throughout his life with mental and physical health issues. In Paris, he developed a friendship with the artist Paul Gauguin and the two painters lived together for while in Arles, but in December 1888 Van Gogh in a bout of depression threatened Gauguin with a Razor and was admitted to the local psychiatric hospital. Gauguin left Arles and the two never met again. Van Gogh went first to a hospital in San-Remy and then to Auvers-sur-Oise. It was at Anvers that he committed suicide on 27 July 1890.

Bedroom in Arles

Bedroom in Arles

Even when his illness prevented him going out he found subjects to paint

Even when his illness prevented him going out he found subjects to paint

Van Gogh was 47 years old when he died. His works are famous for their use of colour and their bold style.

Self-portrait

Self-portrait