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Vincent Van Gogh, 900 masterpieces in ten years of artistic activity

Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh was born in Holland in 1853 to a strict Protestant pastor and began drawing when he was a child. He studied English, German and French together with drawing, but did not complete his technical studies because of his father's poor academic results and financial problems. His paternal uncle, who was an antique dealer, introduced him to the world of auction houses in The Hague and he was transferred for work first to Brussels and then to London. On his way he visited Paris where he was struck by the paintings of the Louvre and the Salons. In London he was rejected by a young woman with whom he fell in love and this story threw him into a deep depression, moved back to The Hague, then to London and finally Paris, but in 1876 he decided to resign from work to the auction house. He returned to London for about 9 months where he taught, living in very precarious economic conditions. Back in Holland, he worked as a salesman in a bookshop and assiduously attended the Dutch Reformed Church. He returned to study, and looked after the sick poor, preaching as a missionary, living in great poverty. Throughout his life he carried on an epistolary correspondence with his brother Theo, which led him to return to art. He moved to Brussels and enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts, which he soon left in 1881 and received another rejection from a woman he fell in love with, a cousin.

Also financially helped by his brother Theo to stay in the city of The Hague, Vincent painted many still lifes in this period. In 1882 he had a relationship with a prostitute who was his model, but broke up under strong pressure from the family. In 1883 he moved to the north of Holland and portrayed local workers and peasants. At the end of 1883 he moved from his parents to Nuenen. Accused of being responsible for the pregnancy of a young woman who posed for him as a model, he moved to Antwerp in 1885 and 1886 to Paris, hosted by his brother Theo, who introduced him to the great French Impressionist painters, from whom he felt very far away. He was partly influenced by it and in 1888 moved to Arles, in the south of France, where its palette became clearer and more colourful. Theo convinced Gauguin to go to Arles to his brother for a while and Gauguin lived with Vincent for a couple of months, until a great quarrel between the two painters culminated in the cutting of part of Vincent's ear. Even today there are several theories about the author of the gesture, probably Van Gogh himself. In 1889 he voluntarily entered the psychiatric hospital of Saint Rémy de Provence because he spent serene periods alternating with periods of deep depression. He was diagnosed with epilepsy. He painted a lot between one crisis and another, while his paintings began to be exhibited and analyzed by experts. Only one of his paintings was sold while still alive in February 1890 to a Belgian painter. In May he decided to go to Paris with his brother Theo and then to Auvers, near Paris, where a doctor took care of him and where he painted a lot, in extreme solitude. At the end of July he died as a result of a gunshot that had probably been inflicted.

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Wheat Field With Cypresses

" A Wheatfield, with Cypresses" are three almost identical paintings by Vincent Van Gogh made in 1889. The works represent a windy day in three...


“Sunflowers" is a painting by Vincent Van Gogh dated August 1888 and is now kept at the museum dedicated to him in Amsterdam. This work of art is...

Rest from work

"Noon - Rest from Work" was painted by Van Gogh, presumably around January 1890, during his admission to the psychiatric hospital of...

Sower with setting sun

The painting was made in Provence in the south of France in 1888 and is now kept at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Holland. Van Gogh was...

Vase with Lilacs, Daisies and Anemones

The original work is dated 1887 and was made by Vincent Van Gogh in Paris. It is currently exhibited at the Museum of Art and History of Genève,...

Landscape with House and Ploughman

Just the fact of having himself lived in a humble and poor environment made Van Gogh approach to the farming world. "Diggers, sowers, ploughmen,...

The Starry Night

Starry Night by Van Gogh is an oil painting on canvas, made in 1889 and kept at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The canvas represents the...
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Café Terrace at night

"Café Terrace at night, Place du Forum, Arles", is kept at the Kroller-Muller Museum in Otterlo, in the Netherlands. In February 1888, Van Gogh...

Starry night over the Rhone

Starry Night on the Rhone is an oil on canvas by the well-known Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. It is one...
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Willows at sunset

This painting is dated 1888 and it is now kept in the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo. Van Gogh created it in Provence, after a period of severe...

Imperial Fritillaries in a Copper Vase

The original painting is kept at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and it is created by Van Gogh in the spring of 1887, a date written on the painting by...