Celebrate the return of two paintings of extraordinary art historical value to Amsterdam with an excursion that delves into all aspects of Vincent van Gogh’s life. Be led in comfort to the village of Nuenen where Van Gogh lived with his parents, see the church where his father was minister (featured in one of the stolen works), enjoy professional insights into the scenes that inspired his paintings, and admire treasured artworks at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
- Enjoy a luxurious excursion to Nuenen, where Van Gogh lived and developed his style.
- Visit the reformed church featured in one of the stolen paintings, and understand the painting’s emotional significance.
- Learn about the artist’s life and inspirations at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
A journey into Van Gogh’s life
Through his post-impressionist style and ability to convey emotion through brushstrokes, Vincent van Gogh changed the course of art forever. This special excursion, ‘Van Gogh Returns – The life and work of Vincent van Gogh’, celebrates the artist’s life, and the return of the artworks ‘The Reformed Church at Nuenen’ (1884) and ‘Seascape at Scheveningen’ (1881) to their rightful home.
The day begins at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, where you’ll be collected by a luxury bus to travel south for 1.5 hours to Nuenen. Sit back, relax and get ready for this picturesque town in Brabant, where Van Gogh lived between 1883 and 1885. Here you can visit the reformed church, the subject of one of the stolen paintings, along with 23 scenes and icons of the artist’s work at the Vincentre. Then, return to Amsterdam to explore the Van Gogh Museum, entering via an exclusive fast-track queue, to see the paintings, sketches and exhibits right before your eyes. The tour is complete with a complimentary canal cruise that guides you through other major points of interest in Amsterdam. The excursion takes place every Saturday.
Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps in Nuenen
Between the years of 1883 and 1885, Van Gogh returned to his parents’ home in Nuenen. During this period he worked tirelessly on his craft and painted an estimated 189 paintings, including some of his most famous works, such as ‘The Potato Eaters’ (1885).
The town center of Nuenen is dedicated to Van Gogh’s artistic endeavors. An expert guide will lead you through the open-air museum, exploring 23 iconic sights, including statues, buildings and rural settings of special importance to the artist. Entry to the Vincentre is also included in the tour, which recreates the town as it stood in 1883 through an inspiring audio-visual experience.
A stolen painting comes to life
The reformed church depicted in one of the stolen paintings, simply titled ‘The Reformed Church at Nuenen’, remains standing in the town. You can visit the exact spot from which the work was painted and learn about its significance. Van Gogh’s father was the minister of this church, and the artist painted it as a gift to his mother. On his father’s death in 1885, he revisited the work and added the mourners congregating outside.
Immerse yourself in the artworks at the Van Gogh Museum
As you journey back to Amsterdam, prepare to be inspired by the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh paintings at the Van Gogh Museum. This is your opportunity to see ‘The Reformed Church at Nuenen’ (1884) and ‘Seascape at Scheveningen’ (1881), which are back on display after 14 years. Alongside his most famous works, you can get to know the artist through letters of correspondence between Van Gogh and his brother, Theo, which are considered to be some of the most important documents in the history of art.
See more art in Amsterdam
Your visit to Amsterdam provides the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with other acclaimed Dutch artists. Come face-to-face with the Old Masters at the Rijksmuseum, see examples of contemporary art and design at the Stedelijk Museum and peek into Rembrandt’s world at the Rembrandt House Museum. Or use your free canal cruise voucher to see extraordinary views of Amsterdam from the water – a city in which Van Gogh also lived and worked.