Vincent van Gogh (Author of The Letters of Vincent van Gogh)Anton Mauve, Jean-Francois Millet, Jozef Israels, Adolphe Joseph Thomas Monticelli
Vincent van Gogh
The son of a minister, van Gogh started working at age 16, when his uncle got him a job as a trainee with an art dealership in The Hague. Afterward, he worked briefly as a schoolteacher in England then at a bookstore back in the Netherlands. In , he went to the Borinage, a mining district in Belgium, and worked among the poor as a lay preacher. His next career choice, artist, would of course make him internationally famous, although not until after his death. In , the Dutchman, who was primarily a self-taught artist, returned home to the Netherlands, where he devoted himself to drawing and painting. His younger brother Theo, an art dealer, helped support him financially and emotionally.
In just over a decade he created about 2, artworks, including around oil paintings , most of which date from the last two years of his life. They include landscapes , still lifes , portraits and self-portraits , and are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. He was not commercially successful, and his suicide at 37 came after years of mental illness and poverty. Born into an upper-middle-class family, Van Gogh drew as a child and was serious, quiet and thoughtful. As a young man he worked as an art dealer, often travelling, but became depressed after he was transferred to London. He turned to religion and spent time as a Protestant missionary in southern Belgium. He drifted in ill health and solitude before taking up painting in , having moved back home with his parents.
Van Gogh was born on March 30, , in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. At a young age — with his name and birthdate already etched on his.
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He struggled with mental illness and remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life. Van Gogh was born exactly one year after his parents' first son, also named Vincent, was stillborn. At a young age — with his name and birthdate already etched on his dead brother's headstone — van Gogh was melancholy. Theo van Gogh would later play an important role in his older brother's life as a confidant, supporter and art dealer. At age 15, van Gogh's family was struggling financially, and he was forced to leave school and go to work.