Van Gogh was one of the most important artists, representative for the post-impressionist artistic movement and still very popular even today especially among young people.
Biographical facts about the Artist Van Gogh
Van Gogh was born in Zundert, Netherlands on 30 March 1853 and worked as an art dealer before deciding to become a painter of peasant life, inspired by the example of artists such as Jean-François Millet of the Barbizon school. He received little formal artistic education and was largely self-taught.
In 1886 he moved to Paris and was introduced to Impressionist artists by his brother, the art dealer Theo, who sold some of their work. He began painting in a style based on Seurat’s divisive technique and, like many contemporaries, fell in love with bold colours and Japanese print designs.
In 1888 he moved to Arles, where he produced several of his most beloved works, but attacks of mental illness determined him to seek regular refuge in an asylum at near St-Remy. The last months of his life were spent in Auvers-sur-Oise, where a new bout of depression led to his suicide at the age of 37 on 29 July 1890. Van Gogh’s life is exceptionally well documented by the large number of letters he wrote to his brother. (from “The Illustrated Story of Art”)
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Art movement: Post-impressionism
Post-Impressionism is an artistic movement started in France, which was both an extension of Impressionism and a rejection of the limitations of this style. Impressionism was based on the objective rendering of nature through bright colours and lights. Post-Impressionists rejected this limitation to the traditional subject in favour of a more ambitious expression. The work of these painters was the basis of several contemporary trends and modernism in the early 20th century.
Some of Van Gogh’s Paintings
Take a look at “Starry Night”, “Sunflowers”, “Irises”, “Poppies”, “The Bedroom”, “Blossoming Almond Tree”, “The Mulberry Tree”, “The Night Café” and “The Potato Eaters”.
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