3 Famous Art Pieces You Can Only See In The Netherlands

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Today’s Culture with Travel post is by Leigh Marcos

The one thing that connects every culture to one another around the world is art. Historically, not all great artists were appreciated in their time. Today, we swoon over paintings created years ago by these visionaries.

Although only 58% of this generation can identify famous works of art, many would jump at the chance to see one in person on their travels. No matter where you travel in Europe, there is legendary artwork to be seen. Specifically, the Netherlands has some especially exquisite pieces.

Check out these three famous artists and the pieces you must see in The Netherlands

Johannes Vermeer

This Dutch artist found beauty in mundane daily tasks. While his contemporaries painted pieces of grandeur and expression, he chose to focus on the small, seemingly unimportant aspects of life. In his work you’ll find maids doing laundry, a child taking music lessons, and cityscapes that don’t depict anything in particular. It’s the type of art you have to observe for a few minutes straight to truly appreciate the detail and commentary on the 1600s in the Netherlands. You can see his piece, The Little Street, at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn

The original master of portraits is Rembrandt. He suffered from stereoblindness which affected his depth perception and perspective of the 3-D world. This disability lent itself to his pieces which would inspire many famous artists that came after him. His pieces dealt with themes of religion, identity, and the human condition. He was incredibly skilled at drawing faces with accuracy and emotion. Although he was a man of few words, his art seemed to speak for him. You can see his piece, The Baptism of the Eunuch, at Museum Catharijne convent, in Utrecht.

Vincent Van Gogh

When you think of famous artists, you must think of Van Gogh. His work is legendary in every country and his history is taught in every college art class. The trademark of his work is his technique: thick brushstrokes, intense colors, and almost a reckless application. The other trademark of his life was the act of cutting his own ear off. You can see one of his most famous pieces, The Potato Eater, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Observing and enjoying art is a fascinating aspect of travel. Pieces created ages ago still exist for us to find joy and inspiration from. If you happen to be in the Netherlands, your trip will not be complete without witnessing one of the works of art mentioned above. You never know which work of art will inspire you to pull out a paper and pencil and start creating your own.

Leigh Marcos is a freelance writer.

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