Vincent Van Gogh

The Man and his Works

Biography

Vincent Van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland, on March 30, 1853. He was an unstable man, believed to have many different mental illnesses, including Bipolar disorder and/or Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. They caused him to cut off part of his earlobe and mail it to a rival artist. He mainly painted with oil on canvas. Some of his most well-known works, like Starry Night, were drawn in an asylum in Saint-Remey. On June 27, 1890, Van Gogh attempted suicide, failed, and died two days later in Auvers, France.
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Style

Van Gogh was a post-impressionist. He rejected the limitations of impressionism and used bold, intense colors to create expressive works of art. Post-impressionism is a late 19th century reaction to impressionism, emphasizing on one hand the emotional aspect of painting and on the other a return to formal structure.

Gallery

Timeline

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Map of Birth-Place

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Image Citations:

Self-Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh -painted -1887; currently kept in the Van Gogh Museum; image from: http://www.vangoghgallery.com


"Starry Night" -painting, oil on canvas; original size -72cm x 92cm; painted -June, 1889; currently kept in the Museum of Modern Art; image from: http://www.vangoghgallery.com


"Seascape at Saintes-Maries" -painting, oil on canvas; original size -NS; painted -June, 1888; currently kept in the Van Gogh Museum; image from: http://www.vangoghgallery.com


"Railway Carriages" -painting, oil on canvas; original size -NS; painted -August, 1888; currently kept in the Musee Angladon; image from: http://www.vangoghgallery.com


"The Potato Eaters" -painting, oil on canvas; original size -82cm x 114cm; painted -April, 1885; currently kept in the Van Gogh Museum; image from: http://www.vangoghgallery.com


Timeline -image from: http://www.vangoghgallery.com

Biography Citations:

Biography -information from: http://www.vangoghgallery.com


Style -description from: http://artlex.com/

and from: http://www.artble.com