Vincent Van Gogh

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Vincent Van Gogh

One of the four great Post impressionists. Greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt. Produced more than fifteen thousand works. Bold striking colors, coarse brushwork represents gloominess in his life. Exerted powerful influence on development of modern art today.

Vincent Willem Van Gogh born in Groot-Zundert (Southern Netherlands) on March 30th, 1853. Felt like a replacement, since he was named after deceased brother. Felt like it wasn't artistic ability, but obstinate personality that left impression of mother (modeled clay elephant, but smashed it). Willful stubborness turned up again as he grew older. Spent a lot of time outdoors, developed strong feelings for rural lanscapes. Was very close to brother, Theo, vowed eternal friendship and wrote letters to each other.

Vincent Van Gogh

Family ' Childhood

By: Mint Sungvornyothin


Got kicked out by father on Chirstmas Eve. Snapped under strain, argued with roommate (Paul Gaugin). Reportedly chased him with razor. Cut off lower half of ear and showed symptoms of mental disturbance, was sent to insane asylum. Oppressed by homesickness, in despair of ever being able to overcome loneliness or cured-- shot himself. Died July 29, 1891. Grave was put next to Theo with identical tombstones.

Was offered opportunity to learn art at The Hague, but quit after six years. Stressed out, did not have degree. Depressed-- punished self by starving and beating. Tried to calm down by requesting art supplies and began to learn how to paint/draw. Ran out of money, exchanged drawings for crust of bread. Theo got married, left him lonely, this affected work. Started to use dark colors and paintings became melacholy.

Emotion Affected Art

"As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed"- Vincent Van Gogh

Painted in June 1889. Depicts view from window of asylum room at Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Oil pianting on canvas. Cool colors represented gloominess.

Ending of Life

The Starry Night


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