Van Gogh Postcards

I bought a book of Van Gogh postcards from the Newfields gift shop on February 8, 2021. The book has 30 oversized postcards. The cards are perforated so you can easily remove the postcards. I don’t collect postcards. I bought the book so I could remove the cards and scan each one. Maybe, in a way, I do collect postcards now since I added the digital scans of these postcards to my massive digital scan collection.

Postcard book of Vicent Van Gogh paintings
Postcard book of Vicent Van Gogh paintings. Photo by Dave O taken with iPhone 7.

The book offers reproductions of Van Gogh paintings. Curiously, all the paintings featured in the book are hanging in museums in the United States. The breakdown is:

  • The Barnes Foundation : 6 cards (20%)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago : 8 cards (27%)
  • National Gallery of Art : 5 (17%)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston : 3 (10%)
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco : 1 (3%)
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts : 4 (13%)
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art : 2 (7%)
  • Newfields : 1 (3%)

My guess is the book would be very thick if it included every Van Gogh painting in existence. This list records only 145 of Van Gogh paintings and where they hang at. Yet, some sources say he painted about 900 pictures. This site shows most of Van Gogh’s paintings.

One day, hopefully, maybe, if the stars align, if covid goes away, I would like to travel to Amsterdam to visit the Van Gogh museum. One this day, February 13, 2021, it’s closed due to covid. 😦

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