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It’s Museum Cats Day today! Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Hand with a Bowl, and a Cat, 1885. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).

On 29 July 1890 Vincent van Gogh passed away. The painting ‘Tree Roots’ stood on his easel when he died. Many people believe that the more dramatic ‘Wheatfield with Crows’ is Van Gogh’s final work. The painting Tree Roots is a much likelier candidate, however, as he was unable to complete it, which helps explain its irregular, unfinished character. Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Tree Roots, 1890. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).

On 26 July 1882, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo: “I saw a dead pollard willow there. It hung over a pond with reeds, all alone and melancholy, and its bark was scaled and mossy, as it were, and spotted and marbled in various tones — something like the skin of a snake, greenish, yellowish, mostly dull black. With white flaking spots and stumpy branches. I’m going to attack it tomorrow morning.” Full letter: vangoghletters.or...

On 16 July 1889 Theo van Gogh complimented Vincent on the drawings he made: “I thank you very much for your letters and for the beautiful drawings you sent. The Hospital at Arles is very remarkable, the Butterfly and the Eglantine branches are really beautiful too: simple in terms of colour and really beautifully drawn.” More: vangoghletters.or...

On 15 July 1606 the Dutch painter and etcher, Rembrandt van Rijn was born. During his stay at the hospital in Saint-Rémy, Vincent was inspired by prints from other masters. He made this copy from part of an etching by Rembrandt, depicting the bible story of Lazarus who was brought back to life by Jesus. More info: www.vangoghmuseum...

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), The Cottage, 1885. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting).

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Wheat Field with Partridge, Summer 1887. Oil on canvas, 34 x 66 cm. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

It’s a rainy day in Amsterdam… But like Vincent would say: “Keep your chin up, old boy, after rain comes sunshine, just keep hoping for that.” More about this letter: vangoghletters.or... Vincent van Gogh (1853 -1890), Sower in the Rain, 1890. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Art of the Day: Van Gogh, Trees, July 1887. Oil on canvas, 46 x 36 cm. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Vincent wrote to his brother Theo on the 2nd of July 1889: “I still have canvases in Arles that weren’t dry when I left, I very much want to go and get them one of these days in order to send them to you.” Shortly after this, he collected six canvases from Arles and sent them to Theo. ‘Orchard in blossom with a view of Arles’ was one of them. Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Orchard in blossom with a view of Arles, 1889. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Landscape at Twilight, 1890. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).

On or about 19 June 1888 Vincent van Gogh wrote to his friend, the painter Emile Bernard: "I don’t hide from you that I don’t detest the countryside — having been brought up there, snatches of memories from past times, yearnings for that infinite of which the Sower, the sheaf, are the symbols, still enchant me as before. But when will I do the starry sky, then, that painting that’s always on my mind?" vangoghletters.or...

It’s Father’s Day! This is a photo of Vincent’s father. Do you see the resemblance? Image: Portrait Theodorus van Gogh, father of Vincent. Tralbaut negatives, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Image: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Road Running Beside the Paris Ramparts, June - September 1887. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

On June 7th 1848 Vincent's friend Paul Gauguin was born. In this painting Gauguin depicts him painting sunflowers.

It feels like Summer today! Image: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Shed with Sunflowers, 1887. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

At the Cafe, Van Gogh, Paris 1887

As a token of friendship, Vincent asked his brother to give his friend Paul Gauguin a version of ‘La Berceuse’. In a letter on the 23rd of May 1889 he wrote to Theo: “But if Gauguin wants sunflowers instead, it’s only absolutely fair that he gives you something that you like as much in exchange. Gauguin himself above all liked the sunflowers later, when he had seen them for a long time.” - vangoghletters.or... Which one do you like best?

There is a good chance that Vincent van Gogh became such a great artist, because of the creative influence of his mother Anna. You can read more about Anna and the relationship she had with her son via www.leiden.nu/... (in Dutch), written by one of our fans: Auke-Florian. Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Portrait of Artist's Mother, October 1888. Oil on canvas. Norton Simon Museum (Norton Simon Art Foundation).

Happy Mother’s Day! Image: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Mother by a Cradle, Portrait of Leonie Rose Davy-Charbuy, 1887. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Self-portrait with pipe and straw hat, 1887. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Art of the Day: Van Gogh, Trees and Shrubs in the Asylum Garden, May 1889. Oil, ink and chalk on paper, 47 x 62 cm. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Vincent van Gogh, Almond Tree in Blossom, April 1888. Oil on canvas, 48.5 x 36.0 cm. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Gauguin's chair, 1888. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam