17 September 2015

Three paintings by Vincent van Gogh have been added to the internationally acclaimed English language app for tablets ‘Touch Van Gogh’: ‘Self-portrait as a Painter’, ‘Quinces, Lemons, Pears and Grapes’, and ‘Field with Irises near Arles’.

Nine of Van Gogh’s masterpieces are now available in the app. Unravel the secrets which are concealed in and under the paint of Van Gogh’s paintings.

The release is available from today in the Google and Apple app stores.

Axel Rüger, director of the Van Gogh Museum:

“This third release of the acclaimed app allows people to unravel nine iconic works by the best known artist in the Netherlands and thus discover for themselves the secrets of Van Gogh’s painting techniques and working method. The app, designed for tablets, uses multitouch functions to enable users to discover at home the secrets concealed in and under the paint. We make the results of years of complex material-technical research into Van Gogh’s working method accessible to a wide public.”

Unravel the secrets

Discover that the flowers in the recently restored painting Field with Irises near Arles faded from purple to blue. Or rub away the discoloured layer of varnish which hid the colours of the painting, as the restorer did with the original.

In the painting Quinces, you see that Van Gogh even painted the frame of this work, changing his mind about its colour as he worked.

Finally, Van Gogh’s Self-portrait as a Painter has been added to the app. Discover the similarities and differences between the self-portraits.

The app now has nine paintings. The other six are: The Cottage, Seascape near Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Garden of the Asylum, The Bedroom, Daubigny’s Garden and View from Theo’s Apartment.

Four international awards

Since its launch, the Touch Van Gogh app has won four international prizes. In April 2014, the app received the Heritage in Motion Award 2014 in the category Apps for mobile devices. A few months later, the app won the Tourism & Culture category in the World Summit Award Mobile and ‘Gold’ in the Best App category in the International Design and Communication Award (IDCA).

In June 2015, Touch Van Gogh was awarded a prize by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) for the Best App for Teaching & Learning 2015 in the Social Sciences category.

The English language app is compatible with iOS 6 and Android and is free to download from the Apple Store and Google Play.