Vincent van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) left a profound mark on Western art. In a little over a decade, he produced about 2100 artworks, including 860 oil paintings. His expressive style and vivid colors laid the foundation for modern art.
Despite his talent, van Gogh struggled financially, selling only one painting during his lifetime. Mental illness also plagued him. Born into an upper-middle-class family, he showed early artistic talent.
Van Gogh moved to Paris in 1886, meeting avant-garde artists like Émile Bernard and Paul Gauguin. In 1888, he settled in Arles, where his art transformed with vibrant colors and natural themes.
Throughout his life, he battled emotional turmoil and mental health issues. After a stay at Saint-Rémy, van Gogh moved to Auvers-sur-Oise, under Dr. Paul Gachet’s care. Tragically, he died by suicide.
Posthumously, van Gogh’s art gained critical acclaim, becoming an emblem of misunderstood genius. His work inspired artistic movements like the Fauves and German Expressionists.
Today, his paintings rank among the world’s most expensive. His legacy lives on through the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, housing his extensive collection.
Vincent van Gogh’s art continues to resonate, reflecting the profound connection between art and the human experience.
It’s no surprise that sixteen self-portraits by Van Gogh make a great show: with all due respect to Frida Kahlo and Cindy Sherman, I guess it’s a face-off between Van Gogh and Rembrandt for GOAT status in the genre.