Vincent van gogh

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. He was born on March 30, 1853, Zundert, Netherlands. He struggled with mental illness, and remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life. He had also cut off his own ear and thus admitted himself at the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Asylum. He died on July 29, 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise, France at age 37, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Quotes: For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
The Starry Night is an oil on canvas. Painted in June 1889, it depicts the view from the window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, before sunrise, with the addition of an idealized village.
This painting has a very decorative feel. He has used small, short brushstrokes loaded with pure and brilliant color in a very controlled manner. Every stroke here is important to the overall design.
This painting was made in 1888. Its a meadow full of very yellow buttercups, a ditch with iris plants with green leaves, with purple flowers, the town in the background, some grey willow trees—a strip of blue sky.
From the moment of his arrival in Arles, on 8 February 1888, Van Gogh was constantly preoccupied with the representation of "night effects". The stars sparkle like gemstones.A few months later, just after being confined to a mental institution, Van Gogh painted another version of the same subject.
Van Gogh painted this vibrant seascape outdoors. In fast, loose brushstrokes he tried to capture the colour of the sea. He described it as 'a colour like mackerel, in other words, changing. In the paint layer of this work are grains of sand that got in there during painting in the open-air.
When he produced this painting, Vincent was living in Paris and was in close contact with Paul Signac. It is not surprising, therefore, to note that Van Gogh applied some of the principles of Neo-Impressionist painting
To Van Gogh’s surprise, deep snow lay on the ground when he arrived in Arles. The warm climate had been one of his main reasons for moving to Provence. It was because of the weather that Van Gogh had to paint indoors when first in Arles, concentrating particularly on still lives and portraits.
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