Portrait of Vincent van Gogh

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1853-1890

Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter

Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch painter (Groot Zundert, Brabant, 1853-Auvers-sur-Oise 1890).

Vincent Van Gogh embodied the myth of the misunderstood genius of his time, so much so that his works were ignored in his own time and are today among the most sought-after in the world. He tried to exorcise his inner turmoil through painting. His research into form and color had a lasting influence on the avant-gardes to come.

A pastor's son, Vincent Van Gogh was named after a brother who was stillborn the year before he was born. Four years after his birth, he had another brother, Theodorus (1857-1891), whom he called Theo - and who supported him morally and financially throughout his life.

An unstable child with a talent for drawing, Vincent's uncles included the founder of the Goupil art gallery in Paris, which had numerous branches throughout Europe. He was sent successively to the Hague branch (1869), then to the Brussels and London branches (1873-1876), to learn the art business. Following setbacks in love, he took refuge in mysticism, writing letters to Theo as an outlet for his troubled soul.

After a brief stay in Paris, Van Gogh returned to London and became a schoolteacher in the working-class district of Isleworth. He sensed a true religious vocation, which led him to evangelize the miners of the Borinage region in Belgium. His zeal for evangelism offended the ecclesiastical authorities, who put a stop to it after a year (1879). After several years of solitary wandering, painting took precedence over preaching.

A devotee of Jean-François Millet, Van Gogh devoted himself to the study of landscapes and peasant scenes when he took up oil painting in 1882, on the advice of his cousin by marriage, Anton Mauve (1838-1888).

In Nuenen, near Eindhoven, where he lived for almost two years (December 1883-November 1885), he became familiar with Dutch realism (Potato Eaters, 1885). He then moved to Antwerp to attend the École des Beaux-Arts, where he discovered the work of Peter Paul Rubens. But, put off by the teaching he received, he left again in February 1886 to join his brother in Paris, who took him in at a studio in Montmartre.

Van Gogh frequented the milieu of Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painters (Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac). He joined the studio of Cormon (1845-1924), where he became friends with Émile Bernard and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who were to exert a clear influence on him. The three friends organized their first exhibition in 1887. They didn't sell any paintings, but they knew that their time had not yet come.

In contact with Gauguin, but also under the influence of Japanese prints, Van Gogh refined his research into color; his palette became lighter and more diversified, his style more flexible, giving rise to experiments in still lifes, landscapes and portraits (Père Tanguy, 1887). To perfect his work, he needed to find skies other than those of Paris. So, in February 1888, he moved to Arles. Dazzled by the light of the Midi, Van Gogh made color the very object of his work, rather than just a component of it. He sought the greatest possible intensity in both tones (such as the yellows in the Sunflower series) and chromatic relationships (yellow/blue, yellow/green, blue/green, red/green): flowers (Peach in bloom, "Souvenir de Mauve", 1888), landscapes (the Crau Plain with the ruins of Montmajour), interiors (the Night Café), portraits (Mousmée in the armchair) are charged with great expressivity.

Living alone among the people of Arles, who were suspicious of this strange outsider, Van Gogh sank into depression. Yet he did not abandon his dream of forming a community of painters. He finally persuaded Gauguin to join him. The master of Pont-Aven arrived in Arles in November 1888 and took up residence in the "Yellow House" - his host's studio.

But he couldn't stand Gauguin's inexpressive nature, and on the evening of December 23, 1888, after a more violent argument than the previous ones, he left for the house. Shortly afterwards, Van Gogh took a knife and cut off part of his left ear, which he then took to a prostitute. Two self-portraits bear witness to this gesture.

Admitted to the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence asylum, where he remained for a year (May 1889-May 1890), Van Gogh devoted himself to a style of painting in which elongated brushstrokes and twisted forms convey the force of his torments (Starry night, 1889). As soon as he was discharged, he had to leave Arles under pressure from the locals, whom he frightened.

Terribly weakened, Van Gogh agreed to go to Auvers-sur-Oise, where Dr. Paul Gachet lived. A doctor, but also an art lover and himself a painter in his spare time, Gachet was a friend of Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas. Through Théo Van Gogh, he became aware of Vincent's work, the importance of which he immediately sensed, at the same time as his illness. From then on, he never stopped trying to get him to come to Auvers-sur-Oise, drawing criticism - unfounded at the time - from those who accused him of acting out of self-interest.

A real friendship developed between the two men. Gachet succeeded in establishing a climate of trust around Van Gogh, which had a beneficial effect. The painter painted a first portrait of his benefactor, who, filled with admiration, commissioned a second. Perhaps for the first time in his life, Van Gogh was aware that his talent was recognized and his art understood by a man of quality.

Picking up his brushes again, he spent whole days at his easel, executing several of his masterpieces: "The Church of Auvers-sur-Oise", "View from the bedside" (1890), "Cottages at Cordeville", "Wheatfield with Crows". Here again, color is crucial, but it becomes darker, and forms more tortured, like the painter's mind. His inner pain is the strongest: "There's something inside me: what is it?" he desperately wants to know. He only benefited from the help Gachet was able to give him for three months, and ended up quarrelling with Gachet as well.

On July 27, 1890, while out for a walk, Van Gogh shot himself in the chest and, despite Gachet's care, died two days later. This was the end of an artist who had signed over eight hundred canvases, but who, during his lifetime, sold only one, the "The Red Vineyard", bought in Brussels in 1890.

412 Vincent van Gogh Paintings

Tree Trunks with Ivy, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Tree Trunks with Ivy 1889

Oil Painting
$467
Canvas Print
$56.70
SKU: VVG-1149
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 45 x 60 cm
Kroller-Mueller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

Undergrowth, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Undergrowth 1889

Oil Painting
$574
Canvas Print
$58.47
SKU: VVG-1150
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 73 x 92.5 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entrance to a Quarry, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Entrance to a Quarry 1889

Oil Painting
$545
Canvas Print
$60.63
SKU: VVG-1151
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 60 x 73.5 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mountains at Saint-Remy with Dark Cottage, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Mountains at Saint-Remy with Dark Cottage 1889

Oil Painting
$582
Canvas Print
$57.93
SKU: VVG-1152
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 71.8 x 90.8 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Enclosed Field with Ploughman, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Enclosed Field with Ploughman 1889

Oil Painting
$504
Canvas Print
$57.24
SKU: VVG-1153
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 50.3 x 65 cm
Private Collection

Wheatfield with a Reaper, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Wheatfield with a Reaper 1889

Oil Painting
$590
Canvas Print
$58.87
SKU: VVG-1154
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 73 x 92 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Olive Trees, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Olive Trees 1889

Oil Painting
$464
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: VVG-1155
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 53.5 x 64.5 cm
Private Collection

Self Portrait, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Self Portrait 1889

Oil Painting
$420
Canvas Print
$56.47
SKU: VVG-1156
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 51 x 45 cm
Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, Norway

Self Portrait, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Self Portrait 1889

Oil Painting
$523
Canvas Print
$57.38
SKU: VVG-1157
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 57 x 43.5 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Self Portrait, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Self Portrait 1889

Oil Painting
$593
Canvas Print
$61.17
SKU: VVG-1158
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 65 x 54 cm
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

Portrait of Superintendant Trabuc in St. Paul's Hospital, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Superintendant Trabuc in St. Paul's ... 1889

Oil Painting
$528
Canvas Print
$69.05
SKU: VVG-1159
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 61 x 46 cm
Dubi-Muller Foundation, Solothurn, Switzerland

Portrait of a Young Peasant, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of a Young Peasant 1889

Oil Painting
$517
Canvas Print
$75.05
SKU: VVG-1160
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 61 x 50 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Wheatfield with Cypresses, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Wheatfield with Cypresses 1889

Oil Painting
$574
Canvas Print
$58.87
SKU: VVG-1161
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 72 x 91 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Wheat Field with Cypresses, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Wheat Field with Cypresses 1889

Oil Painting
$464
Canvas Print
$59.28
SKU: VVG-1162
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 51.5 x 65 cm
Private Collection

The Reaper (after Millett), 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

The Reaper (after Millett) 1889

Oil Painting
$390
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: VVG-1163
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 43.5 x 25 cm
Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, New York, USA

Vincent's Bedroom in Arles, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Vincent's Bedroom in Arles 1889

Oil Painting
$561
Canvas Print
$58.87
SKU: VVG-1164
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 73.6 x 92.3 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles 1889

Oil Painting
$518
Canvas Print
$96.26
SKU: VVG-1165
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 57.5 x 74 cm
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

Wheat Field Behind Saint-Paul Hospital with Reaper, September by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Wheat Field Behind Saint-Paul Hospital with Reaper September

Oil Painting
$538
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: VVG-1166
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 59.5 x 72.5 cm
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

Enclosed Wheat Field with Peasant, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Enclosed Wheat Field with Peasant 1889

Oil Painting
$574
Canvas Print
$58.87
SKU: VVG-1167
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 73.7 x 92.1 cm
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, USA

Enclosed Field with Ploughman, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Enclosed Field with Ploughman 1889

Oil Painting
$436
Canvas Print
$86.90
SKU: VVG-1168
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 54 x 65.4 cm
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts, USA

The Mulberry Tree, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

The Mulberry Tree 1889

Oil Painting
$425
Canvas Print
$61.58
SKU: VVG-1169
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 54 x 65 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

The Poplars at Saint-Remy, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

The Poplars at Saint-Remy 1889

Oil Painting
$463
Canvas Print
$55.49
SKU: VVG-1170
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 61.6 x 45.7 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

View of the Church of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

View of the Church of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole 1889

Oil Painting
$331
Canvas Print
$55.22
SKU: VVG-1171
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 44.5 x 60 cm
Private Collection

Trees in the Garden of Saint-Paul Hospital, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Trees in the Garden of Saint-Paul Hospital 1889

Oil Painting
$582
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: VVG-1172
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 90.2 x 73.3 cm
Armand Hammer Museum of Art at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

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