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  • Writer's pictureSarah Cripps

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

My happy place! I haven't been for a while thanks to Covid and it was so good to be back. The lights and darks, the thickness of the paint, the colour combinations, the direction of the strokes, the variety of brushes... always suddenly different and better than your eye is expecting, like great music with your ear.

The curatorial emphasis this time was on 'what if...' and 'what came next' so there were some lovely pieces by his friends and early followers, as well as an examination of turning points in the lives of Van Gogh and his family. His determination to learn by doing, try different things and not to give up, and his family's faith in him, mean that so many paintings have come down to us today.

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