Vincent van Gogh, one of the most well-known Dutch painters. Many people know his work, but what about his life story?
North-Brabant and The Potato Eaters
On March 30 1853, Vincent was born in Zundert. Together with this family, he went on a lot of walks through nature, which contributed to his love for nature. Years later, after having had several jobs in the Netherlands and abroad, he ended up with his parents in the province of North-Brabant again. This is where he practiced drawing. After the death of his father in 1885, he went to live in his atelier and started with his famous dark painting The Potato Eaters. In order to fully focus on painting, he received financial support from his brother Theo.
Paris and light shades
Later that year, Vincent left the Netherlands. In Paris he became acquainted with colorful works. This inspired him to work with light shades as well. He also developed his own way of painting; with short brush strokes. The city of Paris was too busy for him, so he left for Arles in 1888.
The ‘yellow house’ and the ear-incident
The bright light and colors in Arles inspired Vincent. He rented a yellow house, with the idea of living and working here with several other artists. In the end, only Paul Gauguin came. They had a lot of discussions and the tension between them ran up. Gauguin threatened to depart, and Vincent reaction to this was that he threatened him with a razor. Later that evening, he used this razor to cut off a piece of his own ear.
Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy
When Vincent left the hospital after the ear-incident, his mental health had ups and downs. Out of fear for another incident, he voluntarily checked into the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy. After a while, he started to feel better and painted a lot there too. His health seemed to improve, but the uncertainty about the future and his illness became too heavy for him. In 1890 he committed suicide and died from his injuries on July 29 that year.
After his death, his works became more and more appreciated. In 1973, the Van Gogh Museum opened in Amsterdam. Want to know more about Van Gogh’s life? Watch the videos on our site and visit the Van Gogh Museum.
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