Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is a beautiful experience, and an inspiring introduction to the work of the loopy old ear-lopper. The works on show run right through his early career, with sketches in letters to his brother and scrawled outlines of scenes he would later paint in full. This moves through stages of his life, like his time spent in Paris, and the time he spent in Arles, where he produced one of his famous sunflower pictures. Surprisingly, it’s not all about Vincent at the Van Gogh Museum, and there are works from contemporaries such as Gaugin, Manet, Monet and Rodin. In many ways, the art here is more impressive than that in the limited permanent collection at the Rijksmuseum, and few can fail to leave here appreciating why van Gogh is considered so important, and why his use of light, colour and texture are so universally admired.