A friend was in Amsterdam last month and brought me back two postcards from the Van Gogh Museum.
The first one was one of my favourites from when I visited the museum:
The painting is “Wheatfield with Crows” – reputedly one of his last paintings before his suicide. The crows and dark sky do seem to suggest impending doom.
The other postcard I have never seen the Van Gogh work depicted before (I’d remember it):
It is called Head of Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette. It seems that Van Gogh is suggesting that smoking doesn’t kill you after all!