Who was Vincent van Gogh? What are they Interests
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch artist. An incredibly famous painter, his expensive works now crown museums and collections across the world. Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in the Netherlands to Theodor us van Gogh and Anna Cornelia Carbonates. He had five siblings, and Gogh was most fond of his brother, Theo. His father was a minister.
His mother was an artist and her love for art was transferred to her son. Van Gogh took an interest in art from a very young age and, as an occupation, it came naturally to him. He was intelligent and excelled in languages at school.
Van Gogh’s uncle got him a job at an art dealership in The Hague. After he finished his training, he joined Messrs Goupil & Co., serving then in London. He had the most productive years of his early art career in London. He mastered French, German and the English language. He fell in love with English culture. In 1873, he worked briefly in the Goupil Gallery.
The Potato Eaters and Career Accomplishments
Van Gogh’s used to read the writings of affluent writers like Charles Dickens and George Eliot. At the age of 27, he decided to pursue a career as an artist. He was accepted into the Royal Academy of art on Brussels. He learned the basics and the theory of art there.
Van Gogh started drawing picture using pencil and charcoal sticks. Finally, he began to paint using oil paints. At the beginning of his career, he used to lot of dark colors. Most of his art appeared gloomy or sad.
He liked to draw pictures of people. During 1885, he began work on his first masterpiece. It was called ‘The Potato Eaters’. It was a picture of a farmer family eating potatoes for dinner. His younger brother Theo was an art dealer and tried selling Vincent’s paintings, but no one bought them.
Then, van Gogh moved to Paris where he dabbled in a new art style. Theo told him about a new art style of painting called Impressionism. It had soon become a dominant art from in Paris. He too was inspired by the same.
France Journey and Met with Paul Gauguin, & His Great Skills in France
Van Gogh soon became interested in bright colors. His brushwork also became more broken. He painted the streets, people and cafes of Paris. He would sometimes paint himself for practice. He painted over twenty self-portraits in this time.
In 1888, Van Gogh moved to France and started an artist community. He became a good friend of the artist Paul Gauguin. He painted local landscapes and loved to replicate the vibrant colors of the bright sun of France.
He would apply the paint directly onto the canvas from the tubes leaving the paint thick. His paintings became more and more bright and colorful. Van Gogh painted hundreds of pictures, sometimes in a single day.
He becomes thoroughly engrossed in art. He painted some of the most famous paintings like ‘Van Gogh’s Chair; ‘Bedroom in Aries; ‘The Night Cafe; Cafe Terrace at Night’ and ‘starry Night over the Rhone;
Hard Time in Life and Few Wonderful projects
Van Gogh used to spend more of his money on paint than on food. His health started to deteriorate and he faced a lot of mental issues. Gauguin and Van Gogh had becomes very close friends by this time. They would spend their day painting. Van Gogh painted ‘The Red Vineyard’ for Gauguin.
Gauguin painted Van Gogh’s portrait of ‘The Painter of Sunflower’. However, their friendship started to get affected as they fought very often. Later in life, his mental health declined further. In the hospital, Van Gogh spent his day painting.
During his stay, he began painting the clinic and the hospital garden which became the main subject of his drawings. He painted the masterpieces, ‘The Starry night’, ‘Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background’, ‘Cornfield with Cypresses’ and ‘Country road in Provence by Night’. The common elements in all of these were the cypress trees and lot of swirling colors.
Last Day of Life and Achievements
Many of Van Gogh’s romantic relationships failed throughout his life. He died on July 29, 1890 at the age of 37 in France. Van Gogh left a great legacy behind. He was not entirely appreciated during his lifetime and sold only one painting during the entirely of his art career. However, today he is considered to be one of the greatest artists of all time.
Masterpiece by Van
The Potato Eaters
Van Gogh’s Chair
Bedroom in Aries
The Night Cafe
Cafe Terrace at Night
Starry Night over the Rhone
The Red Vineyard’ for Gauguin
The Starry night’, ‘Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background
Cornfield with Cypresses
Country road in Provence by Night