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Vincent van Gogh
Transcript of Vincent van Gogh
In his last years, van Gogh's illnesses were more troubling than before. He had paintings that he thought to be failures yet survived to be successes (after he died, though), which took a toll on him. His madness spread, making him find reason in pulling a knife (or a razor blade, no one is exactly sure) on his roommate when said roommate threatened to leave (he didn't harm his roommate) and fled to a secure location, where he cut off part of his ear, wrap it up, and offer it to a prostitute. Later, he went into an asylum on his own account, where he painted in his free time. Two years later, he left the asylum and thought. He believed his life was without meaning and was waisted. He attempted suicide July 27, 1890 by shooting himself in the chest. He survive, but only to die two days later.
Date of birth: March 30, 1853
Place of birth: Groot-Zundert, Holland
Date of death: July 29, 1890
Place of death: Auvers-sur-Oise, France
Cause of death: Madness caused suicide
Mother: Anna Cornelia Carbentus
Father: Theodorus van Gogh
Sisters: Elisabeth, Wil, and Anna
Brothers: Theo and Cor
What was he like?
Van Gogh was a considered "strange" by those around him. From what he wore, to what he ate, and also how he acted, he appeared odd to the other young children and hence considered an "outcast". However, even though we don't know a lot about his young life, it is said by his sister that young Vincent was sensitive, yet serious, and loved beautiful things in life, such as flowers, birds, and even bugs. He was also a quiet child, keeping to himself most of the time.
After his schooling, Vincent went to work for French art dealers at a place called the Hague gallery, when he was 16. After being relocated twice, Vincent decided that art dealing wasn't for him and decided to become a minister, like his father when he was 21. After spending time with miners, from his ministry with them, he abandoned his education to be with the miners, who he had learned so much about, and to look more into the life of peasants.
After giving up on mining, Vincent took an interest in art. However, this time, instead of assisting in dealing the art, he decided to be an artist himself. He always criticized himself, and his parents did as well. Yet, it was his brother Theo who was his biggest supporter. Since Theo was an art dealer, Theo also aided the artist with money issues. It was remarkable how quickl Vincent picked up on art, with little to no prior experience in the field. This was mainly due to the intense studying Vincent worked at.
The Tragic Loves
Fun (or possibly not-so-fun) Facts!!!!
Vincent van Gogh had an older brother who died at birth. His name, too, was Vincent van Gogh.
Only a portion of his left ear did Vincent cut off, not the rumored whole.
Vincent, in his lifetime, wrote over 800 letters to mostly his brother/friend Theo.
Over 700 paintings were made by Vincent.
His poor health was due to not eating because of his obsession with art.
Out of all the paintings that Vincent made, he only sold one himself.
A Few of His Paintings
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How he painted:
Vincent van Gogh mainly used acrylic and oil paintings, but he did use watercolor for some. Also, a lot of the time, you can make his art out from others because you can make out the familiar strokes he used whilst painting. Van Gogh also did still-life paintings.
Van Gogh's use of color was very phenomenal He used hues that wouldn't clashed and had a great sense of value. For example, some of his lighter paintings were inspired by an orchard he used to paint in. It can be assumed his darker paintings were painted in a "dark" place. In a way to establish that, he had to be able to identify the colors to work. He even practiced complimentary-color contrast.
Vincent van Gogh at 13 years old
As far as we know, Vincent van Gogh loved two people, both of which it was an abomination to love:
A first cousin: This cousin had no interest in Vincent and hid from him when he visited her at home. After finding out about this relationship, Vincent's father got mad and their father/son relationship was damaged.
A pregnant prostitute: He used this women as an inspiration for drawing figures. However, out of irritability, the relationship was ended by Vincent.
Vincent van Gogh had a lot of inspiration for his work. It can be assumed that painting took his mind off his life. His disorders and health also might have muted and they could have intensified his passion for art. He could transform his problems into happiness, or display that on canvas. He was a great representation for art and, although not an ideal role model, he has aspirations that are admirable.
Since we are studying focal point, as well as contrast and emphasis, Vincent van Gogh, through his studies, understod how these works. Even if the art takes place in the center, the focal point was not. Or his use of color contrast told us where to look. His studies and use of movement also show us where to look. We could get a lot of perspective through his work.