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Vincent Willem Van Gogh is one of my favorites.
Van Gogh was a very influential painter in the late 1800’s. He is famous for his use of vivid colors and his attempt to show emotion through them. Some of his most famous works of art are Starry Night, Self portrait, and Wheatfields with crows.
Vincent was born into a middle class family and was always thought of as a quiet and serious child. Early in his life he showed signs of mental instability but it was never diagnosed or treated. He started his career as an art dealer and traveled quite often. Eventually, he started working in London and it was around this time that his depression became overwhelming. Vincent became so depressed that he started wandering alone and became ill. In 1881 he moved back with his parents and took up painting while his brother supported him. In 1886, he moved to Paris and discovered french impressionism he began to study the art of artists such as Monet and Renoir.
Van Gogh suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions, and often neglected his physical health.Van Gogh drank too much alcohol, smoked heavily, and would neglect eating. He ended his friendship with Gauguin when he threatened him with a razor, and in a rage, cut off part of his own left ear. He then spent some time in a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy and his condition stabilized, leading to one of the more productive periods of his life. On 27 July 1890, Van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a revolver, and two days later died,
Van Gogh’s reputation began to grow in the early 20th century but he was considered a madman and a failure in his lifetime. He posthumously attained widespread success over the ensuing decades, and is remembered as an important but tragic painter
Van Gogh was considered a lunatic and failure by most of those who knew him. As a young man he was deeply religious and principled. He was unable to communicate his desire to help others and was misunderstood his whole life. He is today romanticized as the perfect example of the misunderstood outsider artist. Van Gogh's works are among the world's most expensive paintings. Those sold for over 100 million US dollars (today's equivalent) include: Portrait of Dr Gachet, Portrait of Joseph Roulin and Irises. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's version of Wheat Field with Cypresses was acquired in 1993 for US $57 million.] In 2015 L'Allée des Alyscamps sold for US $66.3 million at Sotheby's, New York, easily exceeding its reserve of US $40 million.
A couple of my favorite pieces by Van Gogh are to follow;
This sketch of “Starry night” is one of his most popular paintings. In color, it is vibrant and amazing. It is one of my favorites because it shows you how Van Gogh saw the world. The sketch is interesting because it shows his thought process during the creation of the painting.
“The Church at Auvers” is my favorite painting of his work because of the colors and the details put into it. This painting and many of his paintings were featured on Dr Who and I fell in Love with them then. I also connect with Van Gogh because of our mutual problems with depression.
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