Vincent Van Gogh (1853- 1890) is considered one of the most famous Post-Impressionist painters. He start working as an art dealer and had a successful career until he was rejected by his first love, Eugenie. This disappointment marked and pushed him to religion, in which he thought he found his vocation. Those early feelings inspired him later in his art.
His life, his feelings, his thoughts, are related in a large correspondence with his brother Theo.
Theo was one of the most important persons in Vincent’s life. He supported him financial and emotionally.
In a letter sent by Vincent to his brother in December, 1881 he mentioned that he start painting, and he was very excited about that:
Theo, I am so very happy with my paintbox, and I think my getting it now, after having
drawn almost exclusively for at least a year, better than if I had started with it immediately.
(…) For, Theo, with painting my real career begins. Don’t you think I am right to consider
Vincent was stressed by his financial problems amount of, but never lost his optimism. That proves that he really wanted to become a great painter with any sacrifice. He used most of the money sent by his brother, for materials, rent, tobacco, and just a little bit of food.
Walter, I. (2004) related that at the beginning of 1882, Vincent took lessons from his cousin Mauve, who was an artist at The Hague School. In Vincent’s first painting, Beach with Figures and Sea with a Ship (August1882), we can see the influence of this school.
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In another letter sent by Vincent to his brother, Theo, in March 1882, Vincent stated: “There are two ways of thinking about painting, how not to do it and how to do it: how to do it – with much drawing and little colour; how not to do it – with much colour and... [continues]
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