Just thought I might write a bit of my Van Gogh research as I am having this conversation.
Van Gogh only sold one painting commercially in his lifetime but is now recognized as a
Master among the Post Impressionist Artists. While working in the Hague he believed in
socially conscious art and many of his early drawings were of a suffering, hardworking
mankind in soup kitchens and working in fields. He had a strong copassion for his fellow
man and these deep feelings really show in his artworks.
While living in Antwerp and then in Paris Van Gogh was influenced by the Impressionists
and Japanese prints which were popular in Europe at the time. He concentrated on bold
use of colour to capture light.
While living in Provence he matured as an artist. The warm south was an inspiration, people,
landscapes, flowers, mountains and the sun. He developed subtle colour harmonies.
In all he painted approximately 800 paintings.His art career spanned only ten years from
age 27 to age 37 when he died in 1890.
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