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Vincent Van Gogh - Biography
 
  Vincent Van Gogh - Biography
Vincent Van Gogh - Biography And More Art - Essay Samples And Term Paper For Students
This paper presents the life and works of artist Vincent Van Gogh, explaining the illnesses he suffered through out his life and describing him as one of the most influential artists of the last century.
VINCENT VAN GOGH - BIOGRAPHY Artist Vincent Van Gogh (1853 - 1890) was a brilliant Dutch post- Impressionist Master whose innovative artwork powerfully influenced modern Expressionism, Fauvism and early abstraction. Although he was tormented by madness, unrequited love and unstable friendships throughout his life, Van Gogh was astoundingly prolific, producing more than 2,000 works during a 10- year period--at one point, creating 150 paintings and drawings within a single year. The son of a pastor, Van Gogh was raised in Groot-Zundert, Holland. He unsuccessfully pursued numerous careers, including employment as a bookstore clerk, an art dealer for the Hague gallery, and a preacher in a Belgian mining district, before discovering his true kinship with art. Lacking any formal artistic training, his revelation was inspired by his drive to leave something of importance behind for mankind, as well as encouragement from his devoted brother, Theo, who was to become Van Gogh's lifetime supporter, both financially and emotionally. Van Gogh followed his muse, studying art in Belgium. His early works were somber, darkly toned renditions of the working class, which were influenced by his compassion for the miners to whom he preached, and the peasants of the northeastern Netherlands. The most famous of these artworks is "The Potato Eaters." Moving to Paris in 1886, Van Gogh met and was highly influenced by Impressionists Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, and Paul Gauguin. Compelled by their use of the effects of light upon color, Van Gogh's former dark palette became characterized by luminous color and intense, impassioned brushstrokes. This style set standards that became guideposts for all future Expressionist painting. Van Gogh was equally adept at exquisitely capturing the subtleties of natural nighttime light, as well as newly invented gas lighting, with blues, violets, greens and an absence of black, as demonstrated in...   MORE >>
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