Nuenen, April 2018…
You can actually do that in the village of Nuenen at a bit more than 1-hour drive from Amsterdam! Van Gogh lived here from 1883 till 1885. In retrospect, his time there was one of the most important and most productive periods of his life: 195 paintings, including the 'Potato Eaters', 313 drawings, 25 water colors and 19 sketches in his letters.
Vincent loved the surroundings and the people. He diligently worked in his studio producing studies of typical Brabant residents, but he also went out into the countryside and painted landscapes. He was particularly inspired by the effects of color.
In December 1883, Vincent moved in with his parents. Vincent’s father was the parson of the Dutch Reformed church in Nuenen, whose congregation numbered about a hundred. Vincent painted the church for his mother, who was in bed with a broken thigh bone. It was Margaretha “Margot” Begemann (Vincent’s neighbor) who took over the sewing lessons Mrs. Van Gogh usually gave. During this period, Vincent and Margot fell in love, and he even proposed marriage. In May 1884, Vincent worked on several mill paintings. One was of the water mill at Kollen, which he passed on his walks through the area.
All these fascinating stories can be discovered during a walk through the lovely village and actually walk in the footsteps of Vincent. Get in touch and we will make the necessary arrangements for you to walk in Vincent’s shoes.