Vincent Van Gogh

Topics: Vincent van Gogh, Impressionism, Van Gogh Museum Pages: 2 (766 words) Published: May 8, 2013
Vincent van Gogh
Born on March 30, 1853 in Groot-Zundert, Holland, Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch-post impressionist painter whose work influenced art a lot in the twentieth century. His father was a pastor, so van Gogh was brought up in a religious matter. As a child, van Gogh was silent, serious and thoughtful; he was also emotional and lacked self-confidence. By the time, van Gogh decided to become an artist, he’d already had two unhappy romances, had worked as a clerk at a bookstore, was an art salesman, and was a preacher in Borinage, Belgium. Van Gogh remained in Belgium after that to study art. During his early Dutch period, van Gogh created several paintings, among which the most famous was “The Potato Eaters.” In 1881, van Gogh proposed to Kee Vos-Stricker, who was not only his cousin, but also several years older. Kee did refuse his proposal, though. Van Gogh was very determined for the marriage between him and Kee, but Kee refused, and so, her father made it very clear to him that van Gogh wouldn’t marry his daughter. Due to the perception of his uncle and his former tutor’s hypocrisy, van Gough lost all of his religious faith. After he refused to go to church, van Gogh and his father argued, which lead to van Gogh’s leaving home to The Hague. At The Hague, van Gogh and his cousin-in-law, Anton Mauve, painted in both oil and watercolor. But soon after, Mauve refused to speak to van Gogh, so they fell out. Van Gogh also had an arrangement with an alcoholic prostitute, named Clasina Maria "Sien" Hoornik, and her younger daughter. Sien later gave birth to a baby boy, Willem, whose father was van Gogh. But later, he abandoned Sien and her children. Van Gogh suffered from gonorrhea for three weeks in the hospital. Van Gogh later went to live with his parents in Nuenen, North Brabant. There, he met Margot Begemann, the two decided to marry, but both families opposed. On March 26, 1885, van Gogh’s father passed away due to a heart attack. That year, van Gogh...
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