We’ve been home for almost two months now amid the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown that followed. Various museums, other recreation centers made it an opportunity to go to people’s homes, because people all over the world stayed at home. A stellar example is the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam which offered virtual tours of the museum for fans of Van Gogh’s masterpieces, carefully preserved in this museum.

Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh painted a plethora of landscapes including flowers (mainly roses, lilacs, irises, sunflowers), cypresses, flowering orchards and gardens. Some of Van Gogh’s work reflects his broad interests in the use of color, and Ukiyo-e – a phrase used to describe a Japanese art school depicting subjects of everyday life, dominant in the 17th and 19th centuries.

The artist has created around 2,100 works of art, including around 860 oil paintings, which include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits. His work is characterized by vivid colors and expressive brushstrokes, a style that has largely contributed to the foundations of modern art.

Van Gogh believed that the effects of color went beyond the descriptive. “Color expresses something in itself,” he said. Yellow meant the most to him, symbolizing emotional truth. The artist is known to have used yellow as a symbol of sunlight, life and God in his works.

In a recent announcement, the museum is seeking nominations – a friend, neighbor or colleague – who deserves to receive a perfect 3D reproduction of one of Van Gogh’s nine most famous masterpieces.

“Until the day when the museum can reopen to the public, we are lending our masterpieces to fans and visitors. That is, almost real Van Goghs which are difficult to distinguish from the original. You just can’t get close to Vincent’s work. And touching these works of art is not a problem at all! Join us and do a fortnight with a Van Gogh at home. Every two weeks, we select five winners. For transport reasons, the winners must live in the Netherlands, ”says the announcement on the museum’s official website.

“For Van Gogh Loans, we use our Museum Editions: high quality reproductions that are almost indistinguishable from the original works. The sizes, colors and even the relief of the painting are all reproduced as faithfully as possible. Museum editions also feature the finer details that you normally can’t see in a museum, such as the stickers on the back of the painting showing where in the world it has been displayed, ”he says. Museum editions can be loaned for a period of two weeks.

The Van Gogh Museum proposed this initiative inspired by one of Vincent van Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo (dated July 1883): “It is not a question of hoping for better times. [ahead] – it’s about doing something now.

The museum hopes to open its doors alongside other Dutch museums and galleries from June 1.

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