The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh

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Some Quotes:

"I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate."

"A good picture is equivalent to a good deed."

"An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men."

"The diseases that we civilized people labor under most are melancholy and pessimism."

"There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even-the French air clears up the brain and does good - a world of good."

"If ... boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?"

"To do good work one must eat well, be well housed, have one's fling from time to time, smoke one's pipe, and drink one's coffee in peace."

  • Vincent had an older brother who died at birth. His name was also Vincent van Gogh.
  • Van Gogh was close friends with Paul Gauguin, another famous artist.
  • Van Gogh suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy as well as other mental and physical conditions.
  • Vincent shot himself in a wheatfield in Auvers, France but did not die until 2 days later at the age of 37.
  • Vincent’s brother Theo died six months after Vincent and is buried next to him in Auvers, France.
  • Vincent’s brother’s wife collected Vincent’s paintings and letters after his death and dedicated herself to getting his work the recognition it deserved.
  • In a short period of ten years Van Gogh made approximately 900 paintings.
  • Vincent only sold one painting during his lifetime and only became famous after his death.
  • Vincent van Gogh did not cut off his ear. He only cut off a small portion of his ear lobe.
  • Van Gogh created his most famous work The Starry Night while staying in an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France.
  • Vincent’s earliest career aspiration was to be a pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church like his father.
  • Van Gogh wrote over 800 letters in his lifetime. The majority of them written to his brother and closest friend Theo.