Biography of Vincent Van Gogh

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Vincent Van Gogh was a nineteenth century artist, famous for his post-Impressionist paintings. Though he did not start painting until his late twenties, he produced more than two-thousand and one-hundred pieces of artwork, ranging from oil paintings and watercolors to drawings, sketchings, and prints. Though he lived over one hundred years ago, his art is still altering the way mankind views individuality, persona, beauty, and style in art. Today he is generally considered on of the greatest painters in European art history. He was born in March 30, 1853 to Theodorus Van Gogh and Anna Cornelia Carentus in Groot Zundert, Netherlands, he was also the eldest child of six. His father was an austere country minister, and his mother was an artist whose love of drawing, watercolors, and nature transferred to her son. At fifteen he was forced to leave school and start work, due to his family's financial struggle. Receiving a job at his Uncle's art dealership, Groupil & Cie., a firm of art dealers in The Hague. In June of 1873, Vincent Van Gogh was transferred to the Groupil Gallery in London. During his spare time, he visited art galleries, and became a fan of Charles Dickens and George Eliot. While in London, he fell in love with his landlord's daughter, Eugenie Loyer. She rejected his marriage proposal, sending Van Gogh into a mental breakdown. Throwing away all of his books except his Bible, he devoted his life to God. Causing problems within his job, becoming angry with
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