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This week marks the anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh's death (July 29)…

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Vincent – A life of Vincent Van Gogh
by Julius Meier-Graefe

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Vincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890) was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is one of the most famous and influential figures in Western art history. In just over a decade, he created around 2,100 works of art, including around 860 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 characterized by strong colors and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushstrokes that have contributed to the foundations of modern art. He was not commercially successful and his suicide at age 37 occurred after years of mental illness, depression and poverty.

Van Gogh was born into an upper middle class family, drew as a child and was serious, calm and thoughtful. As a young man, he worked as an art dealer, often traveling, but became depressed after being transferred to London. He turned to religion and spent time as a Protestant missionary in southern Belgium. He was sick and lonely before he started painting in 1881 after moving home with his parents.

Van Gogh was unsuccessful during his lifetime and was considered a madman and a failure. He became famous after his suicide and exists in the public imagination as the epitome of a misunderstood genius, the artist, "in which discourses about madness and creativity converge". (via Wikipedia)

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