Biography template: Vincent Willem van Gogh Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Vincent Willem van Gogh Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Vincent Willem van Gogh Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Vincent Willem van Gogh Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Vincent Willem van Gogh Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Vincent Willem van Gogh Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Vincent Willem van Gogh Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Vincent Willem van Gogh Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Vincent Willem van Gogh Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)

Vincent Willem van Gogh Biography

Vincent Willem van Gogh

Born: March 30, 1853, Netherlands

Died: July 29, 1890 (aged 37), France

Notable Works: “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” “Starry Night over the Rhône”

Movement / Style: Expressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism

About Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who posthumously became one of the most famous and influential figures in Western art history. In a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and self-portraits, and are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. He was not commercially successful and, struggling with severe depression and poverty, committed suicide at the age of 37.

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Early works

Van Gogh was born into an upper-middle-class family. As a child he was serious, quiet and thoughtful. He began drawing at an early age and as a young man worked as an art dealer, often traveling, but became depressed after he was transferred to London. His early works, mostly still lifes and depictions of peasant labourers, contain few signs of the vivid colour that distinguished his later work.

His mental stability

Van Gogh suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions and though he worried about his mental stability, he often neglected his physical health, did not eat properly and drank heavily. His friendship with Gauguin ended after a confrontation between the two when, in a rage, Van Gogh severed a part of his own left ear with a razor. After, he spent time in psychiatric hospitals, including a period at Saint-Rémy.

Early years

Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on 30 March 1853 in Groot-Zundert, in the predominantly Catholic province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. He was the oldest surviving child of Theodorus van Gogh (1822–1885), a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, and his wife, Anna Cornelia Carbentus (1819–1907). Van Gogh was given the name of his grandfather and of a brother stillborn exactly a year before his birth. Vincent was a common name in the Van Gogh family. The name had been borne by his grandfather, the prominent art dealer Vincent (1789–1874), and a theology graduate at the University of Leiden in 1811. This Vincent had six sons, three of whom became art dealers, and may have been named after his own great-uncle, a sculptor (1729–1802).

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