Vincent van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh1853 - 1890Vincent Van Gogh was born in Holland in 1853. He followed his uncle's profession and became an art dealer first in Holland then England and France. He lost interest and returned to Holland to study theology and although passionate and enthusiastic, he failed his exams and went on to become a missionary.Van Gogh entered the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium in 1880 aged 27.Potato Eaters was his first major work in 1885.Van Gogh's Post-Impressionism style of paintings of peasants and landscapes using dark earth tones were diffucult to sell as Impressionism, with its bright vivid colours was becoming popular.In 1888, Van Gogh moved to Paris and began using more colour and applying the paint with thick, bold brushstrokes. His work received positive reviews although he still didn't sell any pieces.Van Gogh then moved to Arles in southern France where although it was the most productive and creative period of his life, it was also a time of great turmoil as he spent a lot of time in hospital through mental illness and his physical decline.Van Gogh took his own life in July 1890.During 10 years of painting, he produced some 900 paintings. He was never fully appreciated although it didn't take long for the art world to recognise what they had lost. Within 20 years, there were memorial shows of his works all over the world.

Starry NightVincent Van Gogh - 1889

Vincent(Starry, Starry Night)Vincent was written by Don Mclean in 1971 as a tribute to Van Gogh. It is also known as Starry, Starry Night, a reference to Van Gogh's painting, Starry Night.The song includes references to many of Van Gogh's paintings and also reflects on his life and death.


Suzanne Valadon1865 - 1938Suzanne Valadon was born Marie-Clementine Valadon in France. From the age of 9, she supported herself doing odd jobs eventually becoming a circus acrobat. This career was cut short after a fall from a trapeze at age 16. Valadon then persued her interest in art. She started as an artists model observing and learning the techniques. Valadon painted still lifes, portraits, flowers and landscapes however, she was best known for her paintings of female nudes, particularly because it was very unsual in the 19th Century for a woman artist to make female nudes their primary subject matter.Valadon was a perfectionist and worked on some of her oil paintings for up to 13 years before showing them. She also worked in pastels.Valadon is described as a free spirit. She was known to wear a corsage of carrots, kept a goat in her studio to eat up her bad drawings and fed caviar to her cats on Fridays. She was known to frequent the bars and taverns of Paris with her fellow painters.Valadon gave birth to her son, Maurice Valadon, in 1883 aged 18 years.Valadon married a stockbroker, Paul Moussis in 1896. They divorced in 1909 as she left him for painter, Andre Utter who was half her age. Valadon married Utter in 1914. The couple exhibited their work together until their divorce in 1934.Valadon died in 1938 aged 72.

Suzanne ValadonPierre-Auguste Renoir - 1885

The Two BathersSuzanne Valadon - 1923

The Birth of VenusBotticelli - 1485

Venus PudicaIs a term used to describe a classical figure pose in Western Art. A naked female keeps one hand covering her private parts although this modesty serves to draw attention to the spot being hidden. This pose is not applicable to male nudes. The art form can be a painting or a statue. The word pudica comes from the Latin word pudendus which can mean external genitalia, shame or both simultaneously.Click here for pictures.

Video ArtVideo Art is a type of art which relies on moving pictures and comprises video and/or audio data. It came into existance during the late 1960's and early 1970's. Video art can take many forms: recordings that are broadcast, viewed in galleries or other venues, or distributed as video tapes or DVD discs; sculptural installations, which may incorporate one or more television sets or video monitors, displaying ‘live’ or recorded images and sound; and performances in which video representations are included.Carlo Vogele is a film maker who is currently working as an animator at Pixar.


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