Laura De Jesus
Senior Class Art
Vincent Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in Groot-Zundent, Netherlands. Van Gogh was known as a post-impressionist painter, in the 20th century. His art was among the lines of notable beauty, emotion, and color. Van Gogh had a mental illness, and was poor as well as unknown for the majority amount of his life. When Van Gogh was 15 years old he was forced to leave school and get a job. He worked with his uncle and then got transferred to a gallery in London. He fell in love with the English culture as well as a women named Eugenie Loyer. She rejected his marriage proposal and he soon turned his life to God. He had dreams of becoming a minister. But failed to follow the rules and things that came with what it took to be one. Giving up on being a minister, he moved to Brussels to become an artist. His younger brother Theo supported him finically. Van Gogh had a different out look on women. He had a “catastrophic” love life. He wanted women who had troubles because he felt like he could help them. Fell in love with his cousin, then moved to The Hague and fell in love with a prostitute named Clasina Maria Hoorick. She became his model, his companion, and his mistress. But soon left. In 1885 he began his first project, “Potato Eaters.” Van Gogh moved to Paris and lived his brother Theo. Moving out Van Gogh spent all his money on paint, living off bread, coffee and absinthe. He began to feel sick and somewhat strange. He sipped on turpentine and had eaten paint. Theo had paid someone to watch over Van Gogh , but he soon left. Van Gogh ran after Paul Gauguin with a razor. He cut off his ear, and paid for a prostitute named Rachel at the local brothel. “Keep this object carefully,” is what he told her. The police found him and took him to the hospital. He was admitted to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence after the people had signed a petition stating they thought he was dangerous. On July 27, 1890, Van Gogh went out to go paint but this time he went with a loaded pistol. He shot himself in the chest but it did not kill him. On July 29,1890 Vincent Van Gogh died in the arms of his brother Theo. Today Vincent Van Gogh is considered to be the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt. He completed more than 2,000 works of art.