Vincent van Gogh - Vincent van Gogh Paintings

Vincent was born on March 30, 1853, into a Douche family in Groot-Zundert, Catholic province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. Van Gogh was the first of six children of a protestant pastor. The son of the pastor was brought up in a cultured and religious atmosphere.


Style and works

Works of Vincent van Gogh While studying at school, Vincent drew and painted with watercolors, but unfortunately, only a few jobs survived from that time. Van Gogh created about 150 watercolor paintings during his lifetime. In 1882, He went to create a series of graphic artworks. In the early years of his artistic career, Vincent painted with dark and very melancholy colors due to his spiritual condition. Vincent's style changed after he moved to Paris in 1886, where he met impressionist and Neo-impressionist painters, and they greatly influenced his artworks. From that time, Van Gogh started using a lighter palette of oranges, reds, greens, yellows, and his colors became brighter. Vincent also became greatly influenced by Japanese prints, and he started using dark outlines around objects. Each painting of Vincent represents a direct sense of how the artist viewed each scene, explained through his eyes, heart, and mind. This emotionally evocative style later affected artists and movements throughout the 20th century. First painting The first true masterpiece of Vincent van Gogh is a 'Potato Eaters,' Which most strongly expresses the social and moral feeling of a great artist. The painting portrays five figures sitting around the table. Two of them are male, and three of them are female, the subject matter of the picture is too realistic and naturalistic because it depicts the ordinary life of five laborers eating baked potatoes from the potato plate. Vincent describes the miserable life of laborers, they are s

Final Years

Mental health Vincent van Gogh suffered through his life from mental illness; he had frequent episodes of depression, anxiety, and also had symptoms of bipolar disorder. Despite the mental agony, a profound optimism carries him and enables him to continue painting. To handle his attacks of epilepsy, anxiety, and depression, Van Gogh drank absinthe, a toxic alcoholic drink that was popular with many artists at the time. Thujone is the toxin in absinthe. Unfortunately, the Thujone worked against Van Gogh, bothering his epilepsy and manic depression. High quantities of Thujone can also cause one to see objects in yellow. Various physicians have different opinions on whether or not this is what caused Van Gogh's closeness or sympathy with yellow. In 1889 van Gogh who had experienced multiple episodes of poor mental health, Vincent had been Saint-Paul de Mausole mental health hospital where he spent a year. During that time, Vincent produced some of the most famous paintings. He created more than 100 paintings while being at the Asylum, including "The Starry Night," "Irises," and others. Last works The final two months of Vincents's life was the most energetic and creative period of his life. He was creating one painting per day. One of the most important factors of his productivity was that he was released from Asylum and moved to a village of Auvers-Sur-Oise in northern France. Vincent's artworks are extraordinary not only for colors and brushwork but also for artistic experimentation, new c

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About Vincent van Gogh


Vincent was born on March 30, 1853, into a Douche family in Groot-Zundert, Catholic province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. Van Gogh was the first of six children of a protestant pastor. The son of the pastor was brought up in a cultured and religious atmosphere.

Vincent was a common name in Vincent van Gogh's family, and Van Gogh was given the name of his grandfather. Vincent was an earnest, emotional, thoughtful child. His mother taught him at home, and in 1864 Vincent was sent to the village school, then he was placed in Zevenbergen boarding school, where little Vincent felt abandoned. He was also deeply unhappy and sad in Tilbury middle school. At age 15, Vincent was forced to leave school due to the financial difficulties of his family.

Early years

Brotherly love: Vincent and Theo

The author of the most significant changes in Vincent van Gogh's life is his younger brother Theo, who helped Vincent maintain his artist lifestyle, and first advised him to become an artist. Vincent and his brother Thep both started their careers at the international art firm Goupil & Cie. In 1869 Vincent was taken on in The Hague and Theo in Brussels. Brothers had a very long correspondence during those years.

In 1876 Theo's career developed nicely at Goupil, but Vincent's heart was not in it, and he started to look for new work. They both wanted to find the right possession and profession which they could devote themselves to in their whole life. Finally, Vincent decided to become an artist as Theo advised him, in his letters to Theo Vincent describing his training painting ideas and sketches, he always asked advice for his brother Theo.

Theo once suggested Vincent come to Paris to see and make the acquaintance of colorful french paintings. Brothers found an apartment in Paris and started living together. Theo soon realized that living with Vincent was not easy, and he found out two different persons in his brother, the one which was gifted and gentle and the other which was unfeeling and selfish.

Despite their frequent arguments, Theo admired his elder brother for his whole life. He worried about Vincent's mental health, and Theo was amongst few who understood his brother, who gave him emotional support and love. Their letters are filled with encouragement and praise.

Van Gogh Museum

Vincent Van Gogh Museum is located at the Museum Square in Amsterdam. The museum is designed by the Duch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld. In 1998 and 1998, it was renovated by the Duch architect Martien Van Goor. The museum is regularly receiving more than 1.5 million visitors a year, and eighty-five percent of visitors come from other countries.

The museum houses the van Gogo art collection with 200 paintings, 400 drawings and 700 letters by the artist. The Vincent van Gogh museum also presents exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.