Van Gogh’s landscapes from the Kroller-Muller…

Early work. Very muted palette...

Early work. Very muted palette…

Van Gogh had a large variety of subjects for his artwork.  Portraits, still life’s, landscapes, other random things.  But the landscapes are some of my favorites.

Valley view, much more 'impressionist' in composition...

Valley view, much more ‘impressionist’ in composition…

The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam had two that were painted shortly before his death that I really like, but we’re talking only the Kroller-Muller right now, but there are some great ones here too.

Helene Kroller fav...

Helene Kroller fav…

Interesting note I remember from the museum, the boy under the sun in the field was one of the first Van Goghs acquired by Helene Kroller, and it noted that it remains her favorite even after all the others added to the collection.

Haystacks with a yellow house in the background...

Haystacks with a yellow house in the background…

I think it’s the vibrant colors that I like best about the landscapes, that and the bold brush strokes and varying details from macro to micro that gives the works so much vibrancy.

The bases of several trees.

The bases of several trees.

I like to also take very close up pictures when possible to really show how much paint goes onto the canvas.

Two women beneath cypress trees...

Two women beneath cypress trees…

I really can’t recommend this museum more highly.  It’s worth the trip out of Amsterdam and pairs great with the Van Gogh museum there.

Detail of the paint...

Detail of the paint…

 

And a bonus one, a pink peach tree in bloom…

And another note why the Kroller-Muller is better than the van Gogh museum, they actually let you take pictures.  The Van Gogh museum employees are not as generous.  The grounds of the museum are in the national park (woodland setting) and are very relaxing.  We also enjoyed a nice meal in the museum cafe.  We were adventurous and took the city bus back into Otterlo and another to the train station for a nice ride back to Amsterdam.

One of four we saw like this across museums...

One of four we saw like this across museums…