It is known he suffered a bullet wound to his chest and although the bullet was not removed the suggestion was that he died from an infection caused by the wound. His paintings now can command upwards of over one hundred million dollars.
Vincent van Gogh Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1853 - 1890 *** Full Name: Vincent Willem van Gogh *** Occupation: Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter *** Date of Birth: Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30th 1853 *** Place of Birth: Vincent van Gogh was born in Zundert, Netherlands *** Family background: His father was Theodorus van Gogh who had been a minster of the Dutch Reformed Church and his mother was Anna Cornelia Cargbentus. The family going back several generations tended to either work in art or religion *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with 5 siblings, his brothers Theodorus and Cor and his sisters, Elisabeth, Anna and Willemina *** Education: Vincent van Gogh attended a local village school at Zundert until he and one of his sisters was tutored in their home. He later went to Jan Provilyís boarding school, then to Willem II College ***
Vincent van Gogh Fact 1: Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30th 1853 and during the 19th century period in history when many empires across the globe collapsed, the Spanish, first and second French, Holy Roman, Mughal and Chinese but the British and Russian Empires, the United States and German Empire where on the rise.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 2: He left school at his uncle found him a position with Goupil & Cie an art dealer in The Hague and when his training was complete he transferred to London.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 9: In 1881 his parents moved to the Etten countryside and he went with them. He would continue to draw, inevitably using his neighbors as subject material for his work.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 10: After a failed attempt to marry his widowed cousin, a rejection he felt keenly, in 1882 he returned to The Hague.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 11: Once settled he visited Anton Mauve, his cousin-in-law who was a member of the Hague School and a realist painter. It was through his cousin that he was introduced to both watercolor and oil painting and with money borrowed he set up his own studio.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 12: The cousins fell out Van Gogh later surmised perhaps because Van Gogh had moved in with an alcoholic prostitute who was pregnant and had a daughter of five year. Unhappy with his sonís choices, Van Goghís father pressured him to leave the woman. After a year he did so.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 17: He painted largely in earthy shades in particular dark brown and he would largely stick to muted shades.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 18: In 1886 he headed for Paris and studied at the studio of Fernand Cormon. While in Paris he came upon the work of Adolphe Joseph Thomas Monticelli and so admired the lighter coloration of his work he changed his own palette to include brighter shades.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 19: By 1888 he moved again, this time to Arles, seeking respite from a smokerís cough and the effects of drinking too much alcohol.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 20: He successful persuaded Gauguin to visit and later to remain with Van Gogh and they began to paint together in Arles. Gauguinís character however would see the pair part ways, he was domineering and arrogant and often this led to arguments between the two.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 21: It was during this time that it appears Van Gogh suffered some form of breakdown. The exact details are unknown, but what is known is that he himself cut off his left ear. He wrapped his ear in paper and his head in a bandage and took his ear to a local brothel frequently visited by Gauguin apparently.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 22: He returned to his home where he collapsed and was found by the police the following day and taken to the hospital. Shortly thereafter he was section. In 1889 at his own request, he was transferred to a former monastery in Saint-Remy. His health continued to be contrary, some days were good, others not so much
Vincent van Gogh Fact 23: He left the clinic in Saint-Remy in 1890 and moved to Auvers-sur-Oise to be neared his brother Theo and his physician. All throughout his illness he continued to paint but when times were very tough he would no longer write.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 24: The exact events leading up to his death are uncertain as there were no witnesses and very little evidence except for the bullet wound in his chest. It is said he shot himself but did not die immediately. He managed to walk back to his lodging house where he was attended to although the bullet could not be removed. It is thought an infection took hold and that was the cause of his death.
Vincent van Gogh Fact 25: Although he made very little money on his work during his lifetime, since his death his work as become hugely sought after and commands some of the most expensive of any artwork ever created.
Influence and Legacy: Although he made very little money on his work during his lifetime, since his death his work as become hugely sought after and commands some of the most expensive of any artwork ever created.
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