Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Mar. 30: Vincent van Gogh, Dutch artist


Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. Little-known in his lifetime, he is now one of the world's best-known painters with some of the most recognizable works. In just ten years, he created about 2,100 artworks, 860 being oil paintings, including The Starry Night; Bedroom at Arles; several Self-Portraits; Café Terrace at Night; Wheatfield with Crows; The Night Café; Vase with Twelve Sunflowers; and more. Most of his works date to the last two years of his life. They are characterized by bold colors and dramatic brushwork. He spent time in psychiatric hospitals, and famously severed part of his own left ear; he died by his own hand at age 37. His younger brother Theo, an art dealer, supported Vincent financially, and it was Theo's wife who brought him to prominence after both Vincent's and Theo's deaths.


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