Vincent Van Gogh By: valeria bernabeu ruiz

Vincent Van Gogh was born the 30 of march in 1853 and died in July the 29 of 1890. He was considered the best Dutch painter after Rembrandt. The photo that you can see at the background is one of the most famous paintings of Van Gogh.

Van Gogh produced all his paintings during a period of only 10 years. He did around 900 paintings and 1100 drawings before he suicide because of the possibly bipolar disorder. His death gained fame for him and specially following a showing of 71 Van Gogh's paintings in Paris on March the 17 of 1901 that was 11 years after his death.

Serval paintings of Vincent Van Gogh rank among the most expensive paintings in the world. The Vang Gogh's painting irises was sold for a record of $53.9 million at New York in southeby's, then on may 15 of 1990 his portrait of doctor gachet was sold for $82.5 million at Christiie's. This was a new price record.

When he was 16 years old he started working for the art dealer Goupil & Co.


In Paris Van Gogh was influenced by various painters like Gauguin, Pissarro, Monet and Bernard but he had a great and close friendship with Gauguin so for Van Gogh he was a great influence in his works. Van Gogh lived in Arles where he applied and learned the technique of painting thickly and using heavy brush strokes that was like he painted all his works .

Another great influence for Van Gogh was Milet. Milet worked as a missionary and Van Gogh identified with the lower classes and like Milet, he considered farmers and labores to be honorable people and you can perfectly see that in a lot of his paintings.


The first thing that I'm going to say about Van Gogh technique is that in almost all his paintings you can see that like i said before he painted thickly and with heavy brush strokes and as well you can see that he convide a lot of colours for a good effect just like the photo that is above.

He began painting in 1880 after many years of drawing in charcoal. In fact, it was not until 1888 that he stoped scketching each painting with a carbon drawing first. His training in drawing made many of this early paintings on the bases of a specific pattern that began with a C drawing somewhere in the center of the picture. The C was showed in the middle of the scene. He then drew verticales line with warms colours just like the yellow around the C , followed by verticales lines outside the center with cold colours like blue. You can see that in the painting of Cafe terrace at night.

That is the photo that you can see now.

Now I'm going to talk abut one of Van Gogh's paintings called The starry night on the Rhone that is the photo you are going to see now.


This painting of Van Gogh was painted in September 1888, he did this painting in bank that was 2 or 3 min walking away from the yellow house on the placa Lamartine which van Gogh was renting at that time. The view of this painting is from the quay at the east part of the Rhone into the river towards the eastern shore.

The night sky and the effects of the lights provide the subject for a lot of his famous paintings for example one we have been talking, Caffe Terrace at night (that was painted the same month), as well the starry night has as well the night sky and the effects of light.

This paint was exhibited 1989 at the anual exhibition of Societe des Artistes Independants at Paris, together with the Irises.

What have I learned?

I have learned a lot of things studying and paining one of his paintings in class but the most important thing that i have learned from Van Gogh is his technique of painting in heavy brush strokes because before studying Van Gogh in class i had never paint like that and now that i know i personally like more painting and using Van Gogh's technique.

I personally have liked a lot studying Van Gogh because i have really liked painting one of his works and i have leaned a lot of new things in class and making this presentation has help as well to discover new things about him and his techniques.


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