Vincent Willem van Gogh

Early Days:

Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on 30 March, 1853 in Groot-Zundert, a village close to Breda in the province of North Brabant in the southern Netherlands. He was the son of Anna Cornelia Carbentus and Theodorus van Gogh, a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church. Vincent was given the same name as his grandfather—and a first brother stillborn exactly one year before. The practice of reusing a name in this way was not uncommon. Vincent was a common name in the Van Gogh family; his grandfather (1789–1874) had received his degree of theology at the University of Leiden in 1811.

Vincent Willem van Gogh

 

Personal Details

Name

Vincent Willem van Gogh

Place of birth

Zundert, The Netherlands

Date of Birth

30 March 1853

Date of Death

29 July 1890 (aged 37)

Nationality

Dutch

Field

Painter

Movement

Post-Impressionism

Works

The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, The Starry Night, Irises, Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Patrons

Theo van Gogh



 

Career:

Van Gogh spent his early adulthood working for a firm of art dealers and traveled between The Hague, London and Paris, after which he taught in England. An early vocational aspiration was to become a pastor and preach the gospel, and from 1879 he worked as a missionary in a mining region in Belgium. During this time he began to sketch people from the local community, and in 1885 painted his first major work

The Potato Eaters. His palette at the time consisted mainly of sombre earth tones and showed no sign of the vivid coloration that distinguished his later work. In March 1886, he moved to Paris and discovered the French Impressionists. Later he moved to the south of France and was taken by the strong sunlight he found there. His work grew brighter in color and he developed the unique and highly recognizable style which became fully realized during his stay in Arles in 1888.

Works Of Vincent Willem van Gogh