Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

 

Vincent’s life was a short 37 years with only the last 10 being occupied with the pursuit of art. In those 10 years of effort, he created nearly 1000 paintings and as many drawings and sketches. His canvases, though highly prized now, were not received well by critics nor fellow artists until the last months of his difficult life. He was a loner and a bit outcast as a schoolboy and grew up a pious young man in the house of the town vicar, his father. He had seven brothers and sisters, some of whom were afflicted with mental illness as was he in later years. He had a close bond and partnership with his younger brother by 5 years, Theo, who became an art dealer in the family business and beyond. Theo Van Gogh did as much as anyone at the time to support the impressionist artists’ break from the realism popular in the salons of Paris in the 1880s and Theo supported Vincent and Paul Gauguin when they broke even farther away. The story of Vincent’s short and passionate life is a fascinating one of a misunderstood and highly principled genius of color who put himself in an asylum for a time but rarely stopped producing brilliant pieces in a prolific manner. Vincent’s life is one of a pilgrim on a long and difficult journey to a meeting with his Lord, a metaphor which struck him early and perhaps stayed with him in spirit through his final canvas.

 


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