The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the world’s largest Vincent Van Gogh collection. It is located on the Museumplein in Amsterdam-Zuid, where it has the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum as it's neighbours.
The Van Gogh Museum building was designed by Gerrit Rietveld, a Dutch designer who was one of the principal members of the De Stijl artistic movement.
Vincent Willem Van Gogh was an influential Dutch artist, whose work is nowadays seen as exemplary of post-impressionism, an art movement that directly followed 19th century impressionism.
Although little known during his sorrowful life, his work would surprisingly prove to be of great influence on expressionist, fauvist and abstract art movements in years following his tragic early death. Sadly Vincent Van Gogh never knew about the overwhelming recognition his work has received.
The Museum collection comprises more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and a large collection of personal letters written by Van Gogh. Many of the most famous Van Gogh paintings are on permanent display in the Van Gogh Museum, to name but a few: De Aardappeleters (1885), Zonnebloemen (1889) and De Slaapkamer (1888).
To contextualise Van Gogh's painting and the influence it had on the modern art movements of the late nineteenth and twentieth century, the Van Gogh Museum also exhibits a large collection of paintings by artists that personally knew van Gogh or were influenced by his work, such as: Paul Gauguin, Jozef Israëls, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat , Paul Signac and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.