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Vincent van Gogh - Sunflowers, 1888 poster
Vase of Fifteen Sunflowers,
Vincent van Gogh,
Art Print

Vincent Van Gogh is considered one of the greatest painters, producing 900 paintings and 1100 drawings during a period of only ten years between 1880 and his death by suicide in 1890. Van Gogh intensified the light and color of the Impressionists with his deeply expressive style, inspiring both the Expressionist and Fauvist art movements, though he met with little success during his lifetime.

Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundest, Holland, in 1853, the son of a pastor. Despite, or because, he was brought up in a religious and cultured atmosphere, he lacked self-confidence and was highly emotional. When Vincent finally decided to become an artist in 1880 at the age of 27, he had been involved in two unsuitable and unhappy romances and had tried working as a clerk in a bookstore, selling art, and as a preacher in the dreary Belgium mining district of Borinage, where he was dismissed for overzealousness. He remained in Belgium to study art, determined to give happiness by creating beauty.

The Potato Eaters - Vincent Van Gogh, Giclee Print
The Potato Eaters -
Vincent Van Gogh,
Giclee Print

His early Dutch period works are somber-toned, sharply lit, genre paintings of which the most famous is “The Potato Eaters” (1885). In that year van Gogh went to Antwerp where he discovered the works of Rubens and purchased many Japanese prints.

In 1886 he went to Paris to join his brother Théo, the manager of Goupil's gallery. In Paris, van Gogh studied with Cormon, inevitably met Pissarro, Monet, and Gauguin, and influenced by these Impressionists, began to paint in short brushstrokes and lighten his dark palette. His nervous temperament made him a difficult companion and night-long discussions combined with painting all day undermined his health. He decided to go south to Arles where he hoped his friends would join him and help found a school of art. Gauguin did join him but with disastrous results.

Vincent van Gogh Self Portrait, Art Print
Vincent van Gogh,
Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, c.1889, Art Print

In a fit of epilepsy, van Gogh pursued his friend with a razor, was stopped by Gauguin, but ended up cutting his own ear off. Van Gogh then began to alternate between fits of madness and lucidity and was sent to the asylum in Saint-Remy for treatment.

In the spring of 1890, he seemed much better and went to live in Auvers-sur-Oise under the watchful eye of Dr. Gachet. Two months later he shot himself “for the good of all.” The finest of Van Gogh's works were painted in less than three years as he was completely absorbed in the effort to explain his struggle against madness and his comprehension of the spiritual essence of man and nature. During his short career he had sold only one painting.

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Masterworks of Art - Vincent Van Gogh - Farmhouse in Provence Wall Poster
Masterworks of Art
Vincent van Gogh -
Farmhouse in Provence

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Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
Starry Night,
Vincent van Gogh,
Art Print

Starry Night, the view from van Gogh's sanitarium room, was painted in 1889.

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Vincent van Gogh - Sunflowers, 1888 poster
Vase of Fifteen Sunflowers,
Vincent van Gogh,
Art Print

Vase of Fifteen Sunflowers, c. 1888

Vincent's brother Theo described "Sunflowers" as having “the effect of a piece of cloth with satin and gold embroidery. In “Vase with Sunflowers”, one of a series of 30 sunflower paintings, Van Gogh depicted flowers in all life stages within a single bouquet. These paintings, done during the sunny months compensated the sadness Van Gogh suffered from severe depression.

Olive Trees, Art Print
Olive Trees,
Art Print

Cyress Trees, Art Print, Vincent van Gogh
Cyress Trees
Art Print

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Vincent van Gogh with Straw Hat, Self Portrait, Art Print
Vincent van Gogh with Straw Hat, Self Portrait, Art Print

Vincent van Gogh Self Portrait, Art Print
Vincent van Gogh,
Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, c.1889, Art Print

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Room at Arles, van Gogh Fine-Art Print
Room at Arles,
van Gogh
Art Print

Room at Arles, van Gogh Fine-Art Print
Yellow House at Arles,
van Gogh
Art Print

In 1888 Van Gogh rented four rooms in the "Yellow House at Arles" in order to establish an artists’ colony which included his friend, Paul Gauguin.

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The Man with the Pipe, Portrait of Doctor Paul Gachet, 15th March 1890, Giclee Print
The Man with the Pipe, Portrait of Doctor Paul Gachet, 15th March 1890, Giclee Print

Doctor Paul Gachet, who was an amateur painter, treated Vincent van Gogh during his time at Auvers-sur-Oise.

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The Potato Eaters - Vincent Van Gogh, Giclee Print
The Potato Eaters -
Vincent Van Gogh,
Giclee Print

The potato, native to Peru and cultivated there for 7,000 years, was introduced to Europe circa 1570s where it eventually became an important food for the peasant class.

Four Seasons, Potato Harvest, Art Print, Vincent van Gogh
Four Seasons, Potato Harvest,
Art Print,
Vincent van Gogh

The potato famine in Ireland (1845-1848) would have been fresh memory to Europeans in Van Gogh's time.

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Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh,, Giclee Print
Portrait of
Vincent Van Gogh,
by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec,
Giclee Print

Toulouse-Lautrec's portrait of his friend Vincent Van Gogh was one of Lautrec's few pastel drawings. In the portrait he adapted the Impressionists, and Van Gogh's, short, hatched strokes in place of his usual long flowing strokes.

Both Van Gogh and Lautrec died relatively young, age 37, eleven years apart.

Vincent van Gogh quotes ~
• “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
• “There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love, as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning.”
• “A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.”
• “I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.”
• “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”
• “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.”
Vincent van Gogh,
b. 3-30-1853; Groot-Zundest, The Netherlands
d. 7-29-1890: France


Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent van Gogh - The great but tormented artist, bared his tortured yet ecstatic soul in his letters to his confidant and companion, his beloved brother Theo. These letters reveal the man behind such masterpieces as Starry Night and the Yellow Room - a desperate man whos quest for love became a flight into madness and for whom every day was a "fight for life." Irving Stone, author of Lust for Life and other biographical novels, has collected Vincent van Gogh’s letters to Theo. [from the back cover]

Van Gogh’s van Goghs: Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam - catalog for one of the most successful van Gogh exhibitions ever (at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Beautifully reproduced paintings and drawings are all from the van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, where most of Vincent's work resides.

The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh: With Reproductions of All the Drawings in the Correspondence by Vincent van Gogh - Articulate, intimate, written with honest directness, these letters lay bare Vincent van Gogh's dramatic life, providing remarkable insights into the creative process and touching revelations of his personal anguish. The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh was first published by New York Graphic Society in 1958. Among the most distinguished books ever published, it is still the only complete edition of the letters in English. Illustrated by over two hundred ink drawings that the artist sketched into his letters, the collection has been the source of numerous biographical and fictional works, but none has matched the intensity of the original material. Most of the letters were written to the artist’s brother, Theo, and it was Theo’s son, Vincent, who acted as consulting editor for the publication. A touching memoir by Theo's wife serves as the introduction.

A new hardcover reissue of one of the most important and powerful works in the literature of art, this critically acclaimed classic is now available in a boxed set edition with all the original text and illustrations.

Van Gogh Art Activity Pack (Art Activity Packs) by Mila Boutan
- In this innovative new series, readers will learn about four of the world’s best known artists – Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, and van Gogh – and they’ll also get activity ideas that will inspire them to create their own masterpieces. Each Art Activity Pack comes with a paperback book about the artist and focuses on one of the concepts behind his work. In addition, the Cezanne, Monet and van Gogh Packs include an art activity book and a poster to color. The Matisse Pack includes stencils and brightly colored paper young artists can cut to create their own collages.

Color Your Own van Gogh Paintings

Vincent van Gogh: The Complete Works by David Brooks (CD-ROM) - includes all 2,200 works that Van Gogh produced during his career: paintings, drawings, watercolors, letter sketches and juvenilia. Designed for both scholars as well as the general public, this CD-ROM has an intuitive, yet powerful search and query tool for accessing Van Gogh's works.


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