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Facts about Vincent Van Gogh

Although Vincent Van Gogh was unsuccessful in his life, after his death his art skyrocketed in value and today his name is known even to those who are not very interested in art.
Although Vincent Van Gogh was unsuccessful in his life, after his death his art skyrocketed in value and today his name is known even to those who are not very interested in art.
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Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch painter who became famous for his use of heavily layered paint strokes—a technique that was innovative and unique when he first introduced it. Vincent Van Gogh was born in the Netherlands on March 30, 1853. His father was a minister who held an intense love of and interest in art. Vincent Van Gogh grew up around art since many of his family members were art dealers. From a young age Vincent Van Gogh showed artistic promise. He started drawing as a child but he did not start painting until he was in his late 20s. In March of 1886 he moved to Paris and was intrigued by the artwork of the French Impressionists. During his lifetime Vincent Van Gogh failed to gain recognition as an artist. He struggled with poverty, depression, and mental illness. On July 29, 1890, Vincent Van Gogh died in France from a gunshot wound that might have been self-inflicted. He was 37 years old. After his death, his artwork started to gain widespread public recognition. Today he is regarded as being one of the greatest artists of all time and an iconic artistic figure.

Although Vincent Van Gogh was unsuccessful in his life, after his death his art skyrocketed in value and today his name is known even to those who are not very interested in art.
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Below is a list of facts about Vincent Van Goh:

• Vincent Van Gogh completed many of his most famous and beloved works in the last two years of his life.

• Vincent Van Gogh was extremely prolific. In just over a decade he managed to create over 2,100 works of art!

• Vincent Van Gogh was a very versatile artist. He painted landscapes, still life imagery, portraits and self-portraits.

• In the late 1860s and early 1870s Vincent Van Gogh spent time in England where he worked as an art dealer. He also briefly worked as a teacher in an English boarding school.

• “The Starry Night” is Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous painting. It is believed to have been created in 1889, a mere year before his death.