I think it is hard foranyone to say that they had a perfect life growing up, there are flaws in everyfamily.
Van Gogh had to face adulthood early as some people must. “At age 15,van Gogh’s family was struggling financially, and he was forced to leave schooland go to work.” (Biography.
com Editors n.p.). After leaving home he got a job at his Uncles art dealership, which wasa firm of art dealers in The Hague. After gaining some experience on the jobVincent was fluent in French, German and English, as well as his nativelanguage Dutch. Van Gogh fell in love with the English culture when he was transferredto the Groupil Gallery in London. He visited art galleries in his spare timeand became very fond of Charles Dickens and George Eliot’s writings.
Van Goghsuffered his first breakdown when Eugenie Loyer his landlady’s daughterrejected his marriage proposal. He changed the way he lived his life bythrowing away all his books except for the bible and devoted his life to god.”He became angry with people at work, telling customers not to buy the”worthless art,” and was eventually fired. After being fired van Gogh taught ina Methodist boy’s school and preached to the congregation.
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Growing up in a Christian family van Gogh never considereddevoting his life to the church. One year later he was denied entry into theSchool of Theology in Amsterdam after refusing to take the Latin exams. Followinghis denied entry into Amsterdam he volunteered to move to a coal mine inBelgium. While at this coal mine he preached and ministered to sick people, anddrew pictures for them. Toward the end of his contract the evangelicalcommittees refused to renew his contract, and so van Gogh was forced to find anew job.
Van Gogh’s love life was not the best either. Many of the women hefell in love with were toxic to his sanity. “When the love of his life ClasinaHoornik, an alcoholic prostitute went back to prostitute van Gogh became verydepressed. The situation was so bad that his own family threatened to cut offhis money if he didn’t leave her.” (Biography.
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When van Goghleft to meet his family’s ultimatum, he moved throughout the region whilepainting and drawing the landscape. Van Gogh’s art attributes the Post-Impressionismmovement. “The post-impressionism movement took place in France, andrepresented both an extension of Impressionism and a rejection of the style’sinherent limitations.
” (Britannica encyclopedia editors n.p.). Out of all thepainters that took part in this movement van Gogh was the only one who wasn’tFrench which is kind of interesting.
“One of the ways van Gogh compared to theother Post-Impressionism artists is that he painted alone, also he and Gauginrejected the indifferent objectivity of Impressionism in favor of a morepersonal, spiritual expression.” (Britannica encyclopedia editors n.p.).
When vanGogh arrived in Paris in 1896 he quickly adapted Impressionist techniques andcolor to express his acutely felt emotions. “He transformed the contrastingshort brushstrokes of Impressionism into curving, vibrant lines of color,exaggerated even beyond Impressionism brilliance, that conveys his emotionallycharged and ecstatic responses to the natural landscape.” (Britannicaencyclopedia editors n.p.) Overall, Van Gogh in the eyes of many considered beingone of the greatest of the Post-Impressionists. In 1889 van Gogh created what is considered by many to beone of the greatest works in western art in history.
“The Starry night whichwas also his most famous work portrays the view outside van Gogh’s sanitariumroom window at Saint-Remy-de-Provence in France.” (Bertmen n.p.). Personally, Iwould say that this piece shows his interest in the universe, as the paintingdepicts the stars overlooking the town. “The work shows the artist’s interestin astronomy and a study made by the Griffith Park Observatory demonstratedthat Vincent represented the Moon, Venus, and several stars in the exactposition the occupied that clear night.
” (Anirudh n.p.). Many of van Gogh’spaintings weren’t given much recognition until he died but twenty-six years agothe highest price paid for one of his pieces was a whopping eighty-two milliondollars. The most expensive painting ever sold was the portrait ofDr. Gachet. “Dr.
Gachet was a French physician who treated van Gogh during thelast months of his life.” (Britannica encyclopedia editors n.p.). There are twoversions of this painting, and on May 15, 1990, one of them sold for 82 milliondollars, making it the most expensive painting ever sold to date. I am not veryart savvy at all, but this piece portrays van Gogh’s respect for this man, ashe helped van Gogh in his last days. “Van Gogh felt a particular affinity forhome because their similar bouts with depression and their dependency on theirvocation for emotional and intellectual fulfillment.
” (Bertmen n.p.). Dr.Gachet and Van Gogh shared relationship not only as doctor and patient but alsoas friends. In1888 van Gogh created another globally famous piece named which is named ‘Sunflowers’.”Vincent van Gogh is considered a master of still life paintings and series ofpaintings on ‘sunflowers’ rank among the most famous still life paintings evercreated.
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This painting was the most expensive painting everpurchased until a couple years later when van Gogh’s piece Irises broke the recordin 1989. This painting initially was for the arrival of Gauguin when the twofinally agreed to meet in Arles. In a letter written to Gauguin van Gogh wrote,”In the hope of living in a studio of our own with Gauguin, I’d like to do adecoration for the studio. Nothing but large sunflowers.” (Hulsey n.p.
). VanGogh’s mental condition pushed Gaugin away like it did to many others. Shortlybefore Christmas in 1888, van Gogh severed his ear lobe with a razor bladeafter getting into an argument with Gauguin.
There have been many speculationsthat van Gogh made up the story to protect his friend Gauguin. Theseallegations claim that Gauguin cut van Gogh’s ear off with a sword during thealtercation. When van Gogh was in the hospital after almost nearly bleeding todeath, Gauguin refused to go and see him.
This mystery may never be solved dueto the instability of van Gogh’s actions. It could have been self-defense or anoutright assault but because of the inconsistencies on both sides to the storywe can only speculate. VanGogh was a ticking time bomb that finally ran out of time. Throughout his lifehe lived in poverty.
Now that his paintings are so famous and expensive youmight have never known. Van Gogh’s family like many others had struggles andimperfections, these imperfections fueled his motivation for art. Van Gogh wasa huge contributor to the Post-Impressionism movement in France.
With thousandsof pieces that van Gogh created some say that his work was some of the best inthe world to date. Even though Vincent van Gogh faced a lot of adversity in hislife, his drive and willingness to create such beautiful art will allow hislegacy to live on for many years to come.