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Vincent Van Gogh: His Life and Art, and How it Changed the Art World

Updated: May 11, 2023

vincent van gogh portrait in a colorful artwork

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist artist. He produced most of his work in the last two years of his life, resulting in more than 2,000 paintings and 1,200 drawings. His work often depicts scenes from the everyday life and environment around him. From art to personal letters to conversations with friends and family members, this blog will explore Van Gogh's life and legacy.


Vincent Van Gogh was born in The Netherlands on December 30, 1853. He grew up in a country that was torn by political turmoil between different sides in the Belgian Revolution. Van Gogh saw his mother and sister arrested in April 1872, when the Netherlands was occupied by the French. The family spent the next two years trying to avoid being captured by the French. Van Gogh’s father was exiled to Belgium, where Vincent worked on a farm and a mill in Villers-Cotterêts. By the time Van Gogh was twenty-five years old, he had become one of the most successful and widely exhibited artists in the world. In 1888, he finished at least two series of paintings, including Landscape at Auvers-sur-Oise (1888) and The Sower (1888), which both became iconic masterpieces.

His Influences and Impacts on the Art World

Van Gogh's works and artistic ideas were shared and expanded by artists like Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Edvard Munch, Marcel Duchamp, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, and Pablo Picasso. Since his death in 1890, Van Gogh has gained further widespread attention and acclaim. Many of his paintings are on display and distributed as prints, posters, and lithographs around the world. Many of his original paintings have been split into two pieces, including works on the walls at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. His Art: Realistic, Social, Political, and Spiritual Van Gogh became a well-known artist in the mid-to-late nineteenth century, although he did not start painting until the age of 40.

How to Understand Van Gogh's Art

Van Gogh's style is complex, to say the least. Despite not being educated in a formal art education, he came up with an extremely personal way of producing artwork. Van Gogh did not paint in a traditional way, so you must educate yourself in his paintings before viewing them to fully understand his methods. You can do this by reading his personal letters, traveling to places where he painted, and studying his artwork in museums. Van Gogh's style is easy to recognize and is often associated with other iconic artists, such as Monet, Toulouse Lautrec, and Paul Gauguin. Van Gogh is one of the few artists who produced several different styles of paintings and have multiple variations of them.


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