Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh, 1853-1890

The life of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh was born in 1853 in Zundert, a small Dutch village close to Belgium. He was the son of preacher Theodorus van Gogh and Anna Cornelia Carbentus.

Nowadays van Gogh is considered to be one of the most important painters of the 19th century but in his days most likely only one painting was sold. Acknowledgement as a master painter took place a long time after that.

Vincent van Gogh’s passion for art began during his work as an art trader for several years in his younger years. In 1877 he moved to Amsterdam in order to get prepared to study theology. Already in 1878 he stopped this study and moved to Brussels. Over there he studied to become an evangelist, and later to be an artist. In 1881 he moved back to his parental house where he came in contact with the Hague School. Mainly Anton Mauve became his preceptor. Vincent moved on to Antwerp, followed by Paris.

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Stippling was taught to him by Paul Signac. The art of Vincent was influenced by impressionism and became lighter in colour and more and more he went to the countryside to capture nature. In February 1888 Vincent moved to Arles in the south of France. Here he produced a great number of his famous paintings, including Sunflowers and The Yellow House.

During al these years the mental state of mind of Vincent became worse. He bonded more and more with his brother Theodore, who also helped him out financially more than once. Followed by years of mental illness and poverty Vincent tragically died shooting himself in the chest in 1890 at the age of 37 years.

The work of Vincent van Gogh

‬The work of Vincent van Gogh belongs to the post-impressionism, successor of the impressionism. Van Gogh was a big influencer on expressionism, fauvism and early abstraction. Van Gogh produced 27 self portraits, many landscapes and still-lives and is known for stippling. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam is completey dedicated to his work and his contemporaries.

A masterpiece of Vincent on your wall?

Would you like one of the masterpieces of Vincent van Gogh on your wall? Have a look at his paintings and choose your favorite painting in your own desired size.