—Vincent Van Gogh, a renowned artist the world knows was born on March 30, 1853, in Zundert, Netherlands. His artistic skills are exceptional and deciphering his works to look for hidden meanings is a cumbersome task.
Here are some of the facts about the great artist whose traces are hard to erase off:
- He was named after his elder brother who was stillborn and he was the Fourth Vincent Van Gogh in the family. His stillborn brother was in turn named after his grandfather.
- He was a very serious and thoughtful child and developed passion towards art at a very young age with constant encouragement from his mother.
- He got the job at the art dealers Goupil &Cie and was posted in London. That was the happiest year of his life as per his brother. He was earning well and also fell in love with his landlady’s daughter but later he was shattered to know that she was secretly engaged to another lodger.
- The phase of depression began when he was transferred to Paris in 1875 and thereby he went through emotional turmoil. He was not treated well at work and had developed a hatred for life. He shared a cordial relationship only with his brother and his friend Theo.
- At the age of 27, he decided to quit his job and started painting.
- He made close to 900 paintings in a decade and most of them were his observations, sketches and self-portraits.
- He suffered from chronic depression and it was evident from his paintings. As a result, he also cut his earlobe.
- The only painting which was sold when he was alive was The Red Vineyard for 400 francs months before his death.
- He got himself admitted at the asylum and Starry Night, one of his masterpieces was created there.
- He shot himself on July 29, 1890, at the age of 37 and died a tragic death.
- His works were made famous by his sister-in-law.
- 4 out of top 30 expensive paintings were made by Vincent Van Gogh.
- There is a museum dedicated for him at Amsterdam where many of his works and the letters he wrote to his brother and friend are put up for display.