Nowadays we know Vincent Van Gogh as a famous and talented painter but his life wasn’t glorious at all. He never finished his school and he didn’t found out his gift for painting for a long time.
He was born and raised in The Netherlands and he travelled from his small town village to The Hague. There he became an apprentice at the international art market. He was transferred to a branch in London. Though that wasn’t fulfilling and he didn’t like the paintings he was selling.
He decided to go back to school and he applied to study theology in Amsterdam. But being back at the benches of school didn’t make Vincent happy either. He was still interested in God and he wanted to do something with that, so he found a job as a priest in Belgium. He lived like the poor and lived with the poor, but he could never convince them to truly divide their live to god.
Vincent never stopped writing letter to his brother Theo. He would sometimes draw a little picture or send him a drawing of what he had seen. Theo was the one who suggested that Vincent should do something with the talent he had.
Vincent got convinced of his own capability and moved to Brussels to work on his drawing techniques. But even now Vincent couldn’t get himself a paid job and he didn’t sell any drawings. Luckily Theo had a good job at Goupil & Cie in Paris and he supported Vincent by sending him money.
An uncle of Vincent gave him his first paid job. Twelve portraits of famous people from The Hague. That series gave him the opportunity to practice different angels. He had been practicing his painting with Anton Mauve.
In 1885 Vincent left The Netherlands for good, he went to Antwerp and started paining on one of his most famous painting: De aardappeleters. He used dark colours and tries to find contrast in his work. He didn’t stay long in Antwerp. He travelled further to Paris. There he lived with this brother Theo.
In Paris he got to know a lot of artist who inspired him to use more colour in his work. French painters and Japanese prints had a big influence on how he painted in those days. But still, his style was too rough and his brushstrokes to big. Nobody wanted to buy Vincent’s artwork, no matter how hard he tried. He felt as is he was a failure in Paris, so he moved to the countryside of France.
His style slowly changed the longer he stayed in the south of France. He live in a house that he called the yellow house. There he met Paul Gauguin and they started to work together. At one point the pressure was just too much for Vincent.
Gauguin threatened to leave and Vincent wanted to threaten his with a knife but he ended up cutting a piece from his own ear. After the incident he spend several months in hospital. They thought he had a mental disease but all that Vincent wanted to do is paint again.
And he did paint again. He left for Auvers-sur-oise in the north of France. He focussed on his art work and made a painting almost everyday. But the financial situation of Theo put new pressure on Vincent, a kind of pressure he couldn’t handle. He painted three big canvases and wrote to Theo about his plans.
Unfortunatly, his plans were not a bright as the last paintings he made. He went in to one of the fields he loved so much and shot himself in his chest. Two days later he died of his injuries. He died on 29th of july in 1890. He left 850 painting and 1300 work on paper behind.
Vincents work became more and more popular after his death because Theo and his wife Jo let museums have them for a while. Years and years later, in 1973 Vincent had he own museum and his paintings are worth more that he could ever imagine.