The Van Gogh Route (www.vangoghroute.nl) enables users to follow in his footsteps with the aid of historical material and walking routes. It provides an overview of the world-famous painter’s eventful life and will be continually updated with information from users. The Van Gogh Route was developed by the Gifted Art foundation and is supported by the Van Gogh Museum.
In his 37 years, Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) lived in 21 cities and villages around Europe. Many people know about his time in Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he produced numerous expressive, colourful paintings; fewer realise that as a young man he worked for the art dealers Goupil & Cie in The Hague, London and Paris and taught in the English seaside town of Ramsgate.
Many of the places where Vincent spent time offer walking routes, information boards and Van Gogh centres that provide visitors with more information on his life. Until now, though, no single comprehensive website brought them together. “Between 2010 and 2013, I went to visit all the places where Vincent lived, and I saw a lot of outdated books and websites with fragmented information,” says Jaap van Duijn, chair of Gifted Art. “There was no central, current website where you could get reliable information. That was the main reason we developed the Van Gogh Route.” The foundation hopes the site will make Vincent’s life even more accessible to art lovers, tourists and professionals.
The Gifted Art foundation, based in the Netherlands, supports cultural projects having to do with 19th- and 20th-century Dutch art and strives to make art more accessible to the public. The Van Gogh Route is part of this mission. The site is the foundation’s first independently conceived project. For more information on Gifted Art (in Dutch), see www.giftedart.nl.
Partnership with the Van Gogh Museum
The Gifted Art foundation has developed the Van Gogh Route with help from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Information on the website is taken largely from Vincent van Gogh’s letters, and in particular the annotated online edition available at www.vangoghletters.org.