Third Floor

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The third floor stands out with works such as ‘Almond Blossom’, painted for Van Gogh’s nephew and symbolizing new life. 

Also featured are his ‘Irises’ and ‘Wheatfield with Crows’, the latter often interpreted as symbolic of the end of Van Gogh’s life.

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Almond Blossoms

Almond Blossoms
Image: Vangoghmuseum.nl

“Almond Blossoms” shows Van Gogh’s love for painting blossoming branches against a clear sky, symbolizing rebirth in early spring. 

He drew inspiration from Japanese printmaking for the bold outlines. 

This particular artwork was a gift to his brother Theo and sister-in-law Jo, celebrating the birth of their son Vincent Willem. 

Despite the growing signs of mental illness in Van Gogh’s later works, this painting stands out for its serenity and beautiful symbolism.

Irises

Irises
Image: Vangoghmuseum.nl

“Irises,” painted in a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy, was more of a color study for Van Gogh. 

Seeking a striking color contrast, he arranged purple irises on a yellow background. 

Originally purple, the irises have turned blue over time due to the fading of the red pigment. 

Van Gogh painted this bouquet twice, and along with sunflowers, irises were among his favorite flowers to depict. 

Don’t miss the chance to see this sizable arrangement of irises when you visit the Van Gogh Museum third floor.

Wheatfield with Crows

Wheatfield with Crows
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Van Gogh Museum third floor has a powerful painting called “Wheatfield with Crows,” which holds significant meaning in Vincent’s life.

While it’s not his very last work, this painting is often associated with his passing. 

It features a vast wheatfield, where he painted during the last two months of his life, and a night sky with ominous black crows circling above. 

Despite common belief, this wasn’t his final creation; he continued to produce other pieces after this.

In “Wheatfield with Crows,” the dramatic sky, circling crows, and a dead-end path have been interpreted as symbols of impending death, although it’s now understood as an old urban legend. 

Van Gogh aimed to convey both sadness and severe loneliness in his depictions of wheatfields under stormy clouds.

Yet he also wanted to capture the healthy and nourishing aspects of the countryside.

The painting is striking with its vivid color combinations – the blue sky contrasting with the yellow-orange wheat, and the green grass bands intensifying the red hue of the path. 

When you explore the museum, take a moment to reflect on the emotional depth and artistic brilliance of “Wheatfield with Crows.”

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