What to say about Vincent Van Gogh? Ab initio I can say I have always admired his work. However, after visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam I have developed a more curious and passionate view of his paintings.
Van Gogh drew as a child but did not paint until his late twenties, completing many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. He might have been a common boy, it was later that he developed a very strange behavior, culminating in his severe depression.
He was a very close friend of Galguin, which he invited to live with him in France, and in the first years their friendship was great, it was then, maybe because the woman he loved (who was a prostitute) fell in love with Gauguin (ok, it is very though, isn’t it? The woman you love start loving your best friend, I would be sad too) but he couldn’t deal with that and things got worse, and he really fell in a deep depression.
He cut his own ear and sent to the prostitute! He was very bad. His brother, Theo, decided to send him to Arles (an asylum). After the people of Arles signed a petition saying that van Gogh was dangerous, he decided to move to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. On May 8, 1889, he began painting in the hospital gardens. In November 1889, he was invited to exhibit his paintings in Brussels. He sent six paintings, including “Irises” and “Starry Night.”
Unfortunately, he never sold his art in his entire life. It was after death (he killed himself :/) that he became worldwide; van Gogh’s legacy lives on having left a lasting impact on the world of art. Van Gogh is now viewed as one of the most influential artists having helped lay the foundations of modern art.
This picture is Sonnenblumen (1889) and he painted 7 versions of it (with some color variation) I have seen this one in his museum in Amsterdam and in National Gallery in London but I expect to the see the other 5 as well!