Vincent van Gogh was a troubled painter born more than 150 years ago in Zundert, Netherlands.
He had many jobs, such as working in an art gallery, as ateacher, in a bookstore and as a preacher.
Then, around his twenties, his brother, Theo, suggested he become a full time artist.
When he painted, Vincent liked to play with light and use loose brushstrokes. He liked dark tones.
In 1885 Vincent went to Belgium and he discovered the Japanese art, which had bright colors, this influenced his style.
In 1886 he went to Paris and met other artists likePaul Gauguin and Henri de Tououse-Lautrec. This is when he discovered impressionism and liked its use of color and light, and the technique, which was called pointillism, in it; you use small dotsthat blend into rich colors. So Vincent is regarded as a post-impressionist artist.
In 1888 Vincent left the city and went to a French country town called Arles - he was happy for a while, but hesuffered from anxiety and increasingly frequent bouts of mental illness. His mental problems began to get worse, and actually he cut off part of his left ear! (His lobe)
In 1889 he was treated at a mentalinstitution. He started painting with small stripes instead of dots and later also used swirls. He painted everything he saw.
Sadly, in 1890, Vincent shot himself in the chest and died two dayslater with him in his brother’s arms. When he died he was so young, he was 37. But it was no a problem for his art, because in his few years he did over 2000 paintings and drawings, most of his best-knownwere produced during his final two years, but he only ever sold one
Perhaps his most famous painting was The Starry Night Painted in 1889
It isexhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, in New York.
The painting describes how the view outside his sanatorium room window was at night, although it was painted from memory during the day.
In the paint,...