Via Press Release
"Vincent’s passion for pipe smoking" is a new exhibit at the Amsterdam Pipe Museum that presents the pipes that Vincent van Gogh painted in his portraits and still-life paintings. Six of his self portraits with a pipe show how affectionate Van Gogh was about his pipe smoking.
The smoking pipe in Vincent’s time
The museum has retrieved the pipes of no less than sixteen portraits and still-life paintings in the oeuvre of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The rich collection of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum offers plenty of material. Some are clay pipes that still were in general use in the 1880’s. Others are the modern cherry wood pipes, popular at that time in France. Only in the latest years of his life Vincent smoked the briar pipe, the kind of pipes still in use today.
Vincent van Gogh may be one of the best researched artists in the world, his tobacco pipes didn’t attract any attention so far. Art historians generally don’t know how to deal with this subject. The Amsterdam Pipe Museum is the first in making an exhibition on the pipes and smoking habits of Vincent. Many of Van Gogh’s paintings and lots of his letters show how passionate Vincent was about it. The combination of physical and virtual exhibition of the paintings, the actual pipes and the letters offers a unique insight in this part of Vincent van Gogh’s life.
Web presentation cites his letters
The exhibition is accompanied by a virtual presentation on the website of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, in which Vincent van Gogh stated how much he enjoyed pipes and tobacco. The pipe is an indication for his state of mind, he only smoked when he was not depressed. Pipe smoking gave Vincent peaceful and pleasurable feelings. In many of his letters to his brother Theo and others Vincent displayed his passion for pipe smoking. Check www.pipemuseum.nl for the virtual presentation.
Amsterdam Pipe Museum, Prinsengracht 488 in Amsterdam, Netherlands,
open: Monday through Saturday12AM – 6PM. The exhibition Vincent’s passion for pipe smoking runs from September 25th to December 12th 2015.