Van Gogh

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Artist Biographies

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Van Gogh

moved to Arles in 1888, seeking refuge since he was ill from drinking and had smokers cough, where he had thought to build a utopian artists colony. He had two art companions that he briefly lived with, Christian Mourier-Petersen, and Gaguin. His works at this time are mostly mauve, ultramarine, and yellow. During Gaguins visit is when the unclear and infamous ear incident occurred. Some say Gaguin did it, some say he left it with a whore, and it will never be known exactly what happened. He was institutionalized shortly after. While at St. Paul Asylum his Starry Night piece which is widely recognized. He finally ended his own life in 1890 after going through cycles of illness where he was unable to do anything and then times of health where he continued his work. His last words according to his brother Theo were, "The sadness will last forever."

His legacy

Today, he is widely regarded as one of history's greatest painters and an important contributor to the foundations of modern art. He impressively crossed many styles in his lifetime.

Vincent van Gogh

Too short a life

Van Gogh was born 30 March of 1853 in the Netherlands to a family with an overlooked history of art. His great grandfather of the same name was a famous sculptor, three uncles were art dealers, as was his brother Theo. He gained an interest in art as a child and continued on his journey in art until his death in 1890. He disliked being away from family and later recalled his youth as, "...gloomy and cold and sterile." His entire life he was a very passionate and emotional man, having troubles dealing with depression even as a youth. When he moved to Neunen he began to prosper more as an artist and had his first major work, The Potatoe Eaters. At this time it was mainly earth tones in his work. His move to Paris in 1886 began his Japaneserie works. After viewing Monticelli's work at Galerie Delareybarette he immediately began using brighter colors in his work. He

1st Success: The Potatoe Eaters


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