Vincent Willem Van Gogh And His Life

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Vincent Willem van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 – 1890) born in Holland, had a unique method of expressing himself on canvas. He was a post impressionist painter whose paintings portrayed emotionally evocative style through the use of bold colors and later swirling brush strokes. Throughout his life van Gogh worked on his art while battling mental instability which lead to his death in 1890 as a result of a fatal, possibly self inflicted gun shot. His most famous and respected paintings were completed in the final two years of his life. Van Gogh began drawing at a young age and started painting during 1870. His work includes that of watercolor, drawings and sketches. Van Gogh painted landscapes and several self portraits. Though he started working with colors after perfecting drawing itself, one of the most recognizable features of Van Gogh’s work was his bold use of colors. After living in Arles with Gauguin for some time, Gauguin’s technique influenced Van Gogh resulting in paintings that were boldly colorful conveying his emotions. His life experiences and the environment he grew up in pushed him to produce such awe inspiring pieces with emotionally appealing meanings. His use of vibrant colors, instead of depicting reality, expressed his inner feelings. Van Gogh said: "Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I see before me, I make more arbitrary use of color to express myself more forcefully."(Art Institute of Chicago 118) His work conveyed a feeling of movement. He worked

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