Vincent van gough lost his father mother in his early age. His elder brother served and helped him till his death. Vincent Van Gough first tried to be an art dealer, working in his uncle's gallery. He was fired from the position because his opinions about the superficiality of much of the art interfered with his ability to sell it, and his rough manner was offensive to some of the customers. He then went to school to train as a minister, another occupation which ran in his family. He was given a post in a coal-mining town, a job which no other minister wanted because of the desperate situation of the workers. He gave away much of his clothing and food to the workers and lived in the same dirty conditions, often helping them in the mines. A surprise visit by his church superiors resulted in firing him from the position. The Potato Eaters is a painting about the coal miners, which he created years later. Though crude in comparison to his later works, it is successful in getting across his message about the humble condition of these people, who lived close to the earth. In an early still life, we are reminded of Vincent's Dutch heritage. The dark, chiarascuro manner of painting is influenced by hundreds of years in the shadow of Rembrandt.
It is when Vincent moves to Paris that he sees the works of the Impressionists which is to have a profound effect on his use of color. Immediately, his work became bright and full of light. His brother, Theo, was an art gallery dealer and was able to introduce his older brother to many painters. Though he does make some friendships (including those with Degas and Seurat) he doesn't quite fit in with the Paris scene, and Vincent eventually moves to the town of Arles to set up his own studio. He invites a fellow artist, Gauguin, to move in with him. Together, they paint, drink in taverns, fight, and eventually the friendship is terminated when Van Gogh, in one of his fits of emotional instability, threatens his friend with a knife. When Gauguin gives him an angry look, Vincent meekly turns away, then later slashes his own ear. He recuperates, but realizing he is a threat to himself (and possibly others), admits himself to a mental hospital Despite Vincent's emotional and physical instability, he managed to create some of his greatest paintings in the last couple years of his life (having decided upon being an artist only 8 years earlier). Unlike the Impressionists, he chose his colors almost arbitrarily, painting not what he sees but what he feels. Vincent wrote to Theo about Night Cafe, explaining that he chose red for the walls to emphasize the idea that this is a place where a person can go mad.
Non European style
Line got bold turning effects Psychedelic
state- create more than one centre multi-focal charging the colors
Unrest Not picture it’s the mental state Object become pretext and state of mind become text No sharp line Storming colors
The Starry Night is Van Gogh's most famous painting, and perhaps his greatest. He paints the night sky from a hilltop overlooking a quiet town with a church and cottages. The most dramatic theme is the swirling stars, which dominate the scene. Competing for attention is a towering group of Cypress trees. It is probably significant that the Cypress is the traditional tree of graveyards, as they are a symbol for eternity. Van Gogh seems to say with this painting that the works of God and nature are everlasting and that the world of man exists merely as a shadow. Vincent grew increasingly depressed as he realized that his mental illness would never be cured, couple with the realization that he had become a financial burden to his brother, who had recently fathered a child. It was in a wheat field that he shot himself. He managed to crawl back to his home and news was sent to Theo of his tragic condition. Theo came to say goodbye to his brother within hours of his death. Six months later, Theo also died
Wheatfield and Crows was one of the last paintings that Vincent had finished. Van Gogh's name was still unknown at the time of his death. His first one-man show was exhibited two years later. His fame was made largely by other painters, dating the early years of the 20th century. He was a great influence especially to the Expressionists, to Matisse and Picasso. Though he sold only one painting in his lifetime, his works now sell for millions of dollars.
"though I'm not perfect for the world
or the world not perfect for me"