Today we visited the rebuilt Rijksmuseum. The walk along the canal from our hotel to the museum is relatively short and pleasant. The building itself is quite beautiful. Most of all we loved their handling of the crowd of people coming in. We entered fairly quickly and efficiently, waiting only a few minutes to get our tickets.
What can one say about the art? It takes your breath away. Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh (yes, more of him), and many other famous artists astound the senses. However, it was some Dutch artists with whom I was unfamiliar that surprised me. We don’t hear much about the Dutch Impressionists, but they existed and made some wonderful art. All day I heard my teacher Howard Hansen in my ear telling us to look at the wonderful drawing skills and how they use dark and light. I’m learning every day, Howard!
Here are a few paintings of the 100 or so I took. There are too many to sort and post in one evening. You must come to Amsterdam and see for yourself!
Tomorrow we catch the train to Paris. We look forward to visiting JP and returning to our favorite haunts in the City of Light. Here are some Rembrandts to say goodnight.