Vincent van Gogh Essay

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Vincent van Gogh

In present time, Vincent van Gogh is probably the most widely known and highly appreciated person of postimpressionism. During his brief lifetime, Vincent’s work went almost unknown to this world. His work now hangs in countless museums throughout the world and is considered priceless. His work became an important bridge between the 19th and 20th centuries.

The art-historical term, Postimpressionism was coined by Roger Fry a British art critic, who described the various styles of painting that flourished during the period from about 1880 to 1910 (Britannica). It was generally used for a convenient way to group together the generation of artists who sought new forms of expression during a pictorial revolution
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Vincent was eventually transferred to the London Branch, where he started a series of disastrous love affairs. After four years of work he lost his job due to the lack of his everyday responsibilities. At the age of twenty-three, Vincent’s mental state began to deteriorate. He developed a strong sense of religious devotion and took an unpaid position at a small boarding school in Ramsgate, England.

In 1880 Van Gogh started to focus on art as a career and not just a hobby. After a brief stay at the University of Amsterdam studying theology, Vincent chose art as a vocation and became dependent on his brother Theo for money. In the spring of 1880 his brother wrote to him and said, “Vincent, what is the matter?” (Burra). In the letter there was some money. Though he knew the proper thing to do was to return it, it felt good for him to have a square meal again. For the next ten years his brother, Theo, continued to send him money and Vincent began to paint feverishly to the end of his life. Theo and his parents regarded Vincent’s passion for books as the root of all his trouble (Meier-Graefe). They felt that since he stopped being an art dealer he had somehow deserted art. They could not have been farther from the truth. Many of the letters written from Vincent and Theo have now become such an extraordinary source of knowledge to Van Gogh life. From 1881 to 1885 van Gogh lived in the Netherlands. In keeping with his humanitarian outlook he painted

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