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I have been learning a lot about the world's most famous paintings. This new hobby stemmed from my visit to Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands in Amsterdam. 800 years of Dutch history, with the great Dutch masters as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh.
Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh are some of the most famous Dutch painters. There is a high possibility that you might have seen one of their paintings. I didn't know about Rembrandt's and Vermeer's paintings until I visited Rijksmuseum. But I did know Van Gogh's The Starry Night painting. It was an incredible sensation a few years back on social media, and I believe it remains the same even today.
Below is image of how it looks:
Unfortunately, I couldn't see the actual painting of 'The Starry Night' since it's not available in the museums of Amsterdam. This painting is located in The Museum of Modern Art, an Art museum in New York City.
But I did see various paintings by Dutch artists. Here are five paintings from Rijksmuseum which fascinated me.
Paintings which are part of Rijksmusuem
Portrait of Pompejus Occo by Dirck Jacobsz
The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer
The Little Street by Johannes Vermeer
Still Life with a Silver Jug and a Porcelain Bowl by Willem Kalf
The Night Watch by Rembrandt
Now that I have talked about some favourite paintings located in Rijksmuseum let me also talk about some paintings which are not part of Rijksmusuem.
Paintings which are not part of Rijksmusuem
The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
The Scream by Edvard Munch
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai
Nighthawks by Edward Hopper
I am still a noob in understanding paintings. I felt 'Mona Lisa' painting needs more time for me to understand. Hence, it's not on the list.
Some of these paintings are pretty hard to interpret without knowing the history of why the artwork was created in the first place.
I came across the YouTube channel, which helped me understand many things about paintings. If you also found the paintings interesting, I would suggest you check out the YouTube channel at the link: GreatArtExplained
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