Vincent Van Gogh, for whom color was the chief symbol of expression, was born in Holland, and was named Vincent even though his parents had a deceased child name Vincent. He was the son of a pastor, brought up in a religious and cultured atmoshpere. He was highly emotional and lacked self-confidence. Between 1860 and 1880 he finally decided to become an artist. He had, had two unsuitable and unhappy romances and had worked unsuccessfully as a clerk in a bookstore, and art salesman and a preacher in a dreary mining district of Belgium.
He remained in Belgium to study art, where his works of early Dutch period are somber-toned paintings. That was the same year he went to Antwerp where he discovered the works of Rubens.
In 1886 he moved to Paris to join his brother who was a gallery manager, that is where he met Pissarro, Monet,and Gauguin, and he began to lighten his his very dark palette and to paint in the Impressionists style. His nervous temperament made him a difficult person and night -long discussions combined with painting all day began to ruin his health. He decided to go to the south of France and start and art school, hoping his friends would join him, and help him with the school. Gauguin did join him but with disastrous results. Near the end of 1888, an incident led Gauguin to ultimately leave. Van Gogh pursued him with and open razor, was stopped by Gauguin, but ended up cutting a portion of his own ear lobe off. Van Gogh then began to alternate between fits of madness and lucidity and was sent to the asylum in Saint-Remy.
Later in 1890 he shot himself " for the good of all." During is short career of 10 years , he sold only one painting, but painted more than 900 paintings. Most of his finest works were produced in a 3 year period. His favorite color combinations are yellow and blue.
Some of his most well known paintings are; Starry Night Over The Rhone, Almond Branches, Irises, Cafe Terrace and Starry Night.
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