Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vincent Van Gogh died July 29, 1890

Vincent Van Gogh

Born: 30 March 1853

Birthplace: Groot Zundert, Holland

Died: 29 July 1890 at the age of 37.

A 19th-century painter, Van Gogh is famous for his vivid paintings. His career as an artist lasted only 10 years and coincided with frequent bouts of depression and anguish; in a famous 1888 incident he slashed off his left earlobe with a razor. He is closely associated with the town of Arles in the south of France, where he created many of his greatest paintings.  He died in Auvers, France two days after shooting himself in the chest with a pistol.

His story is tragic but more than a hundred years later we are still in awe and admire his amazing art.

The Potato Eaters (1885)

He said "I wanted to convey the idea that the people eating potatoes by the light of an oil
lamp used the same hands with which they take food from the plate to work the land, that they have toiled with their hands—that they have earned their food by honest means." Van Gogh thought this piece was a failure.

Starry Night (1889)


Irises (1889)

The best way to know God is to love many things. 
–Vincent Van Gogh 

1 comment:

Marla said...

I love this paiting of Irises--I have it hanging above my couch in the living room