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The Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh

26 January - 2023
by Vincent Moleveld


Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter who is considered one of the most famous and influential artists of the 19th century. Born in 1853 in the Netherlands, he initially worked as an art dealer before deciding to become an artist at the age of 27. Van Gogh's early work was heavily influenced by the dark, somber tones of the Dutch Masters, but as he progressed in his career, he began experimenting with brighter, more vibrant colors and bold brushstrokes.

Van Gogh is best known for his use of thick, visible brushstrokes and strong, vibrant colors. He was also known for his use of light, particularly in his later works such as "The Starry Night" and "Irises." He is considered a pioneer of the Fauvism movement and his work heavily influenced the development of Expressionism and Cubism.

Despite his immense talent, Van Gogh struggled throughout his life with poverty and mental illness. He sold only one painting during his lifetime and died by suicide in 1890 at the age of 37. However, his legacy lived on and his fame grew after his death. His paintings are now considered some of the most valuable in the world and can be found in many of the world's most famous museums.

Van Gogh's work continues to be celebrated for its powerful emotive qualities, his experimentation with color, and his ability to capture the beauty of nature. His paintings are considered some of the most recognizable in the world, and his influence can be seen in the work of many modern artists.

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Header image: Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Arles, September 1888, oil on canvas, 72 cm x 91.5 cm, Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)