In My Viewfinder: From Viking Odin, In The Footsteps Of Van Gogh

In Nuenen, where Vincent Van Gogh lived and painted such scenes as Opwettense Water Mill in 1884.

Yesterday, after touring Kinderdijk, (see In My Viewfinder: From Viking Odin, Exploring Kinderdijk And Its Windmills), passengers from Viking Odin boarded a bus for a one-hour drive along the Dutch countryside to follow in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh. Our tour took us to the Dutch province of Brabant, where Van Gogh was born in 1853 and grew up.

In Nuenen, the Reformed Church, where Van Gogh's father was a minister.

This was a wonderful tour for anyone with an interest in art or insights into the life of this talented, yet troubled, artist. Van Gogh created 2,100 works of art in a single decade. Van Gogh died at age 37 from a gunshot wound.

Van Gogh lived in Nuenen from December 1883 until November 1885. His many artistic experiments here resulted in his first great masterpiece The Potato Eaters.
Study for The Potato Eaters.
The original painting is in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
In Zundert, the Vincent Van Gogh House features an artist-in-residence program. Dragn Despotovic, a Serbian artist, took his inspiration from The Potato Eaters.
Artist in residence, Dragan Despotovic and his interpretation of The Potato Eaters.
At the Vincent Van Gogh House in Zundert, where exhibits present the life of Van Gogh.
Our guide took us to the place where Vincent Van Gogh was born in Zundert.
Vincent Van Gogh's father was a minister in the church in Zundert.
After a half-day of following in the footsteps of Van Gogh, I relaxed on my veranda as Viking Odin departed Rotterdam.

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