This summer we’re starting an artist series where we’ll highlight a famous artist in a blog post! We’ll share facts and some of their most famous works in each post. This week we’re starting with Vincent van Gogh!
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch painter born in 1853.
While he is now highly-regarded as an influential artist and post-impressionist painter, he did not spend his whole life as an artist, and only sold one painting in his lifetime.
Van Gogh began his career as an apprentice at an art dealership. It wasn’t until 1880 that he began to draw, mostly teaching himself. When he did paint, he used watercolor.
In 1881 he met and worked with other artists and eventually began oil painting.
Throughout the last decade of his life, he studied different types of art, traveled, met other artists, and used nature as inspiration for his work. During this time he created some of his most famous paintings.
Van Gogh is best known for his post-impressionist work characterized by bright, dramatic brush strokes.
He is also remembered as a lonely, misunderstood artist who struggled with mental health.
When van Gogh died in 1890, he was almost completely unknown, but now is one of the most well-known and influential artists of all time.
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