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December 15, 2017

Vincent
van Gogh

            Vincent van Gogh is considered one of the most popular artists
of all time. But before all this occurred, van Gogh lived a strenuous life. He
was a poor, unknown artist who suffered from a mental disease and stayed unheard
of throughout his own lifetime. His passion for art allowed him to overcome the
obstacles of his disorder.

            Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30th, 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands. During his childhood, van
Gogh had many artists to inspire him. Interestingly enough, he did not start
painting until the age of 27. Before becoming an artist van Gogh tried many
other careers, but he did not fit any of them. He failed to become a teacher,
minister, art dealer, and missionary. After seeing these failures Theo, his
younger brother, helped Vincent financially with his new art career. In 1884,
Vincent and Theo moved to Paris where van Gogh was widely influenced by the
Impressionists. While in Paris, he used a vast array of bright colors instead
of dark ones. He even worked alongside of various famous artists. He failed to
use impressionism in its most popular form. In 1888, he moved to Arles because
he was not a fan of the city life in Paris. In Arles, van Gogh had more freedom
to work with because of the bright landscape. Throughout his time in Arles, van
Gogh was quite unsuccessful with his artwork and with
the artist Gauguin. This was due to his mental instability that made him difficult
to live with. To show his anger van Gogh took a razor and cut off his ear. This
showed his insanity and he was later sent to an insane asylum. While in the asylum he started painting in the hospital gardens. On
November 1889, he was requested to exhibit his paintings in Brussels. He sent a
total of 6 paintings, including his most famous paintings “Irises”
and “Starry Night.”  

            Although
he was not accepted during his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh’s work still thrives
to this day. Van Gogh’s life is considered one of the most heartbreaking
stories of all mankind. He sold only one of his paintings during his lifetime,
suffered severe mental disorders, and was rejected by his own family. Though
his life was terrible it does not mean he was worthless. His art today is well
respected and worth even millions of dollars to this date. His legacy lives on
and many people can distinguish him from other famous artists. People believe
that van Gogh took his pain and emotions to implement them into art. His abstract
style of art has influenced artists to challenge themselves and go beyond the “traditional”
style of art. Not only had that, but he even changed the whole world. Van Gogh’s
story encourages everyone to follow their dream no matter what the cause may
be.           

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