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About van gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on 30 March 1853, in Netherlands. And died on 29 July 1890, at the age of 37, in France.

Van Gogh is now one of the most well-known post-Impressionist painters, although he was not very appreciated during his lifetime.

Van Gogh was unsuccessful during his lifetime, and was considered a madman and a failure. He suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions. He also had depression, until the 27th July 1890. Van Gogh shoot himself in the chest, and died two days later because of his injuries.

Life and worK

Van Gogh was taught at home by his mother and a governess, and in 1860 he was sent to the village school. In 1864, he went to another school in which he felt abandoned, and started to study again at home. In 1866 his parents sent him to the middle school in Tilburg, where he was unhappy.

He started to interest in art at a young age by his mother. His early drawings were expressive, but nothing compared to the intensity of his later work. A successful artist in Paris, taught the students at Tilburg, where Van Gogh was studying. By that time, he wasn't so unhappy because of the lessons of that artist. In March 1868 he returned to study at home.

In 1873, Van Gogh was successful at work, and at 20 he was earning more than his father.

In 1883, Van Gogh focused on painting and drawing. He started to draw paintings.

When he moved to Paris, Vincent painted portraits of friends and acquaintances.

The last years of Vincent where horrible for him because of his depression. On 27 July 1890, Van Gogh shoot himself and died in the early hours of 29 July. According to Theo, his brother, Vincent's last words were: "The sadness will last forever".

He was buried next to his brother, who died one year later.

artists and places that influenced van gogh's in its work

Van Gogh absorbed many influences before he painted in his mature style.

Moving to Paris in 1886 had an effect on van Goghs work. Inspired by Impressionism and Post-impressionism he began using more vivid colors and experimented further with his technique. He also spent time researching the styles of Japanese artwork.

In Paris he was also influenced by painters such as Gauguin, Pissarro, Monet, and Bernard and became a close friend of Gauguin, who eventually became one of the biggest artistic influences on van Gogh. Both adopted a similar technique of applying paint more thickly and using heavy brushstrokes. Their themes were also very similar at this time, mainly landscapes and local people.

When Gauguin left Arles and moved to Paris, Van Gogh began painting from memory, and this resulted in his works becoming more decorative and less accurate.

People who influenceD vIncent

Some important figures for Van Gogh's that influenced him in life.

* Theo Van Gogh, who was Vincent's younger brother and was Vincent's closest friend. Vincent wrote letters during his life to Theo.

* Theo's wife, Johanna, who was the first to publish the letters Vincent wrote to Theo after his death.

* Anna Cornelia, Vincent's mother, who teach him at home when he was young.

* Theodorus Van Gogh, who was Vincent's father.

Van gogh's techniques

This are some of the techniques that Van Gogh used.

Canvas Preparation

Before starting with any painting session, Van Gogh decided to use canvas. The artist preferred the standard canvas of the day, which was tightly woven and made by machines. The canvases have been deemed of shockingly low quality, those who strive to create reproductions of Van Gogh’s work are advised to also use lower quality linen-stretched canvases. This Van Gogh painting technique, although not as well known as his use of bright colors and thick paint, made it possible for the artist to exemplify his unique painting style.

Paint Colors And Tubes

Van Gogh remains an influential figure to this day, in part, due to his impressive command of color. His use of color evolved greatly over the course of his career, with earlier pictures including such dark tones as olive and raw sienna. The use of earthly tones was necessary in order to capture the seeming hopelessness of these subjects. There is a painting called The Potato Eaters, which depicts a family of laborers gathering for a decidedly modest meal, in which it is used this technique.


Best known for his thick use of paint, Van Gogh was famous because of this popular painting technique known as impasto, which involves the thick laying down of paint on a particular segment of the canvas. This technique makes brushstrokes more visible and, once the paint has dried, adds an extra element of texture. In Van Gogh’s work, the use of impasto had a huge effect on lighting, with the raised, almost three dimensional surfaces of his paintings appearing different depending on the source of light. The most notable uses of impasto in Van Gogh’s work are Starry Night and Wheat Field With Cypresses, both of which would arguably not be nearly as impactful without the texture and emotion attributed to this memorable technique.

My painting

The painting I have chosen is the one above, which is called the Sower. It was painted in 1888.

Van Gogh had a special interest in sowers throughout his artistic career. He made more than 30 drawings and paintings on this theme. He painted this sower in the autumn of 1888. At the time, Van Gogh was working together with Paul Gauguin. Gauguin believed that in his work Van Gogh should draw less on reality and more on his imagination.

Here, Van Gogh used colours meant to express emotion and passion. He assigned the leading roles to the greenish-yellow of the sky and the purple of the field. The bright yellow sun looks like a halo, turning the sower into a saint.

WhAt i have learnt

What I have learnt about Van Gogh is that he had a cruel life. He was doing what he want but nobody appreciate the work he was doing until now, when it was too late. If people would have appreciate it in those years, maybe he wouldn't suicide by shooting himself on the chest.

What I have also learned is the styles and techniques he used for painting, and the colours he mixed for doing shadowing and contrasting. I have learned about what the techniques helped his work. By putting more light on it, helping on shadows...

Finally, I have also learned some famous paintings he did, like the mulberry tree, the bedroom, starry night... And that he created almost 900 paintings during his lifetime.


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