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Vincent van Gogh

Dutch Draftsman and Painter

Movements and Styles: Post-Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism

Quotes

"Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I see before me, I make more arbitrary use of color to express myself more forcefully."
Vincent van Gogh
"It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures."
Vincent van Gogh
"Dying is hard, but living is harder still."
Vincent van Gogh
"I know for sure that I have an instinct for color, and that it will come to me more and more, that painting is in the very marrow of my bones."
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"Vincent's passionate belief was that people wouldn't just see his pictures, but would feel the rush of life in them; that by the force of his brush and dazzling color they'd experience those fields, faces and flowers in ways that nothing more polite or literal could ever convey."
Historian Simon Schama

"real painters do not paint things as they are... they paint them as they themselves feel them to be."

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Synopsis

The iconic tortured artist, Vincent Van Gogh strove to convey his emotional and spiritual state in each of his artworks. Although he sold only one painting during his lifetime, Van Gogh is now one of the most popular artists of all time. His canvases with densely laden, visible brushstrokes rendered in a bright, opulent palette emphasize Van Gogh's personal expression brought to life in paint. Each painting provides a direct sense of how the artist viewed each scene, interpreted through his eyes, mind, and heart. This radically idiosyncratic, emotionally evocative style has continued to affect artists and movements throughout the 20th century and up to the present day, guaranteeing Van Gogh's importance far into the future.

Key Ideas

Van Gogh's dedication to articulating the inner spirituality of man and nature led to a fusion of style and content that resulted in dramatic, imaginative, rhythmic, and emotional canvases that convey far more than the mere appearance of the subject.
Although the source of much upset during his life, Van Gogh's mental instability provided the frenzied source for the emotional renderings of his surroundings and imbued each image with a deeper psychological reflection and resonance.
Van Gogh's unstable personal temperament became synonymous with the romantic image of the tortured artist. His self-destructive talent was echoed in the lives of many artists in the 20th century.
Van Gogh used an impulsive, gestural application of paint and symbolic colors to express subjective emotions. These methods and practice came to define many subsequent modern movements from Fauvism to Abstract Expressionism.

Biography

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Childhood

Vincent Van Gogh was born the second of six children into a religious Dutch Reformed Church family in the south of the Netherlands. His father, Theodorus Van Gogh, was a clergyman and his mother, Anna Cornelia Carbentus, was the daughter of a bookseller. Van Gogh exhibited unstable moods during his childhood, and showed no early inclination toward art-making, though he excelled at languages while attending two boarding schools. In 1868, he abandoned his studies and never successfully returned to formal schooling.

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Anton MauveAnton Mauve
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Honoré DaumierHonoré Daumier
Eugène DelacroixEugène Delacroix

Personal Contacts

Henri de Toulouse-LautrecHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Paul SignacPaul Signac
Theo van GoghTheo van Gogh

Movements

ImpressionismImpressionism
PointillismPointillism
JaponismJaponism

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Vincent van Gogh
Years Worked: 1880 - 1890
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Pablo PicassoPablo Picasso
Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
Paul KleePaul Klee
Willem de KooningWillem de Kooning

Personal Contacts

Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin
Albert AurierAlbert Aurier
Camille PissarroCamille Pissarro

Movements

FauvismFauvism
SymbolismSymbolism
ExpressionismExpressionism

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