After about 2 and a half hours on the train from Amsterdam the towns stopped passing by at such regular intervals. Canal cut fields sprawled across the vast flatlands. The Dutch landscape is certainly flat but incredibly diverse. Certain areas were alive with agricultural work and farmlands while others were deserted, dust clouded, plateaus that seemed entirely alien to the areas around it.
The deserted platform of our final destination could soon be seen from the train windows. The sun shimmered on the old stained glass windows of the small empty station building. There was a sense of quiet that I had sorely missed after a stint of living in a city. The sounds of the birds and the rustle of wind in the dark green leaves immediately expressed the serenity of this village.
From the station we made our way through the small authentic town of Scheemda until we were guided by the various Apotheek signs to the local pharmacy. This pharmacy was the reason we had travelled so far. Owned by a couple whose roots within the artistic community are firmly cemented through their devout love of art. The office of the Apotheek was dotted with exquisite works, from linear Picasso works to the vibrant colours of the sunflowers from the man in question.
The Relievo editons were dotted around the Apotheek, some easily visible to waiting patients or passers by. Others, were in the employee quarters keeping the work space vibrant with colour and history.
Van Gogh belongs to the history of the Netherlands, a certain sense of pride could be read from Mr and Mrs van Hulst. It is for this reason that the belief of sharing the appreciation for the work with patients and employees is significantly important. If the appreciation of the art is no longer shared between people, than how long can one expect the works to exist. It was through this argument that we understood that these Relievo editions did not constitute an investment in the same way that other works do. These Relievo editions capture a moment in the life of the original painting, which itself will continue to change as such paintings tend to follow an inevitable path to destruction. The Van Gogh museum editions are about focusing on admiration of the art and sharing his work, so that other generations may enjoy the Sunflowers the way we have.
Through a continuous support for the artist as well as the feeling of national pride that Van Gogh represents, one can hope that the legacy has only been strengthened by the people’s love for Vincent Van Gogh.