Mary Sonifrank

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Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands and he died July 29, 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise, France. He had a very tragic life and was famous after his death.


Ten years before his death Van Gogh decided to be a painter, fully conscious of the sacrifices this decision would require of him. His early work, the Dutch period of 1880–85, consists of dark greenish-brown, heavily painted studies of peasants and miners, e.g., The Potato Eaters (1885; Van Gogh Mus., Amsterdam). He copied the work of Millet, whose idealization of the rural poor he admired. In 1886 he joined Théo in Paris, where he met the foremost French painters of the postimpressionist period. The kindly Pissarro convinced him to adopt a colorful palette and thereby made a tremendously significant contribution to Van Gogh's art. His painting Père Tanguy (1887; Niarchos Coll., Paris) was the first complete and successful work in his new colors. Impressed by the theories of Seurat and Signac, Van Gogh briefly adopted a pointillist style.


"Van Gogh, Vincent." The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™, Columbia University Press, 2017. Research in Context, Accessed 9 May 2017.


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Starry Night

1889. Oil on Cavas, 29 x 36 x 1/4" (73.7 x 92.1 cm)

Location: Modern Museum of Art New York City


Van Gogh, Vincent. Starry Night. 1889. Oil. Museum of Modern Art, New York.