Portrait of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh Painting Reproductions 9 of 18

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

Still Life: Bottle, Lemons and Oranges, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Still Life: Bottle, Lemons and Oranges 1888

Oil Painting
$403
Canvas Print
$61.85
SKU: VVG-1294
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 53 x 63 cm
Kroller-Mueller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

Landscape under Stormy Skies, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Landscape under Stormy Skies 1888

Oil Painting
$545
Canvas Print
$61.18
SKU: VVG-1295
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 60.5 x 73.7 cm
Private Collection

Farmhouse in a Wheat Field, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Farmhouse in a Wheat Field 1888

Oil Painting
$316
Canvas Print
$55.37
SKU: VVG-1296
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 45 x 50 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Farmhouses in a Wheat Field Near Arles, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Farmhouses in a Wheat Field Near Arles 1888

Oil Painting
$320
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: VVG-1297
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 24.5 x 35 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Peach Tree in Blossom, April-May by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Peach Tree in Blossom April-May

Oil Painting
$590
Canvas Print
$54.95
SKU: VVG-1298
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 80.5 x 59 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The White Orchard, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

The White Orchard 1888

Oil Painting
$601
Canvas Print
$55.23
SKU: VVG-1299
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 60 x 81 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Orchard with Peach Tress in Blossom, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Orchard with Peach Tress in Blossom 1888

Oil Painting
$616
SKU: VVG-1300
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 65 x 81 cm
Private Collection

Orchard in Blossom, Bordered by Cypresses, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Orchard in Blossom, Bordered by Cypresses 1888

Oil Painting
$621
Canvas Print
$59.41
SKU: VVG-1301
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 65 x 81.2 cm
Kroller-Mueller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

Orchard in Blossom, Bordered by Cypresses, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Orchard in Blossom, Bordered by Cypresses 1888

Oil Painting
$320
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: VVG-1302
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 32.5 x 40 cm
Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut, USA

Orchard in Blossom (Plum Trees), 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Orchard in Blossom (Plum Trees) 1888

Oil Painting
$425
Canvas Print
$62.53
SKU: VVG-1303
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 54 x 65.2 cm
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Orchard in Bloom, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Orchard in Bloom 1888

Oil Painting
$590
Canvas Print
$58.34
SKU: VVG-1304
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 73.2 x 93 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Orchard in Blossom, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Orchard in Blossom 1888

Oil Painting
$518
SKU: VVG-1305
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 72 x 58 cm
Private Collection

Blossoming Pear Tree, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Blossoming Pear Tree 1888

Oil Painting
$403
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: VVG-1306
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 73 x 46 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Flowering Almond Tree, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Flowering Almond Tree 1888

Oil Painting
$320
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: VVG-1307
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 50 x 37.5 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Apricot Trees in Blossom, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Apricot Trees in Blossom 1888

Oil Painting
$490
SKU: VVG-1308
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 55 x 65.5 cm
Private Collection

The Langlois Bridge at Arles with Women Washing, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

The Langlois Bridge at Arles with Women Washing 1888

Oil Painting
$500
Canvas Print
$60.90
SKU: VVG-1309
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 54 x 65 cm
Kroller-Mueller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

The Langlois Bridge at Arles, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

The Langlois Bridge at Arles 1888

Oil Painting
$507
SKU: VVG-1310
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 60 x 65 cm
Private Collection

The Langlois Bridge at Arles with Road Alongside, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

The Langlois Bridge at Arles with Road Alongside 1888

Oil Painting
$500
Canvas Print
$59.96
SKU: VVG-1311
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 59.5 x 74 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Orchard in Blossom, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Orchard in Blossom 1888

Oil Painting
$466
Canvas Print
$91.73
SKU: VVG-1312
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 72.4 x 53.3 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Orchard with Blossoming Apricot Trees, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Orchard with Blossoming Apricot Trees 1888

Oil Painting
$606
Canvas Print
$59.01
SKU: VVG-1313
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 64 x 80 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pink Peach Tree in Blossom (Reminiscence of Mauve), 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Pink Peach Tree in Blossom (Reminiscence of Mauve) 1888

Oil Painting
$570
Canvas Print
$60.50
SKU: VVG-1314
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 73 x 59.5 cm
Kroller-Mueller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

Still Life: Potatoes in a Yellow Dish, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Still Life: Potatoes in a Yellow Dish 1889

Oil Painting
$458
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: VVG-1315
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 39.5 x 47.5 cm
Kroller-Mueller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

A Pair of Leather Clogs, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

A Pair of Leather Clogs 1889

Oil Painting
$272
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: VVG-1316
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 32.2 x 40.5 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh | Painting Reproduction

Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass 1888

Oil Painting
$300
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: VVG-1317
Vincent van Gogh
Original Size: 24 x 19 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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