Updated: May 4
Bold. Creative. Impulsive.
Vincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890) was a remarkable Dutch, post-impressionist painter who gifted the world with hundreds of inspirational paintings during his short lifespan with his plein air and still life paintings. He had no formal training and did not pick up a brush until his late 20’s, making his works even more remarkable. Many of his paintings have become household names in modern society, for example, Starry Night (1889) and Yellow House (1888) are some of his iconic oil creations.
Van Gogh was raised in an upper-middle class family , has been described as quiet, and as having a serious demeanor. He became a Protestant missionary in southern Belgium. His religious experiences were used to help him become the extraordinary oil painter he is known for today. He wrote letters every day to family and friends where his ideas for future masterpieces came alive. A few letters were to his brother, Theo van Gogh, who helped him financially throughout his life.
Art was not an immediate passion for him until his brother, Theo, enticed him to create sketches, paintings, and drawings full time. Being an art dealer, Theo was a great inspiration to Vincent and made his work well known.
He picked up his first brush at the age of 27
He achieved over 900 painting and many more sketches and drawings in his life
It is estimated that he created a new painting every 36 hours
He wrote about 800 letters to his brother, family, and artist friends
In 1990, the painting called Portrait of Dr. Gachet sold for roughly $82.5 million
Written by: Tim McDougald
Tim is an active board member for Gallery 120 and enthusiastic artist. His artwork has focused on acrylic and oil paintings of naturalistic scenery, animals, and historical perspectives since he became a full-time artist after departing his architectural engineering career of over 15 years. Tim enjoys being involved in the community and bringing art education to the Clover area.