Most of you have heard of Vincent Van Gogh, even if you don’t know anything about art. He is one of the most popular artists of all time, and who doesn’t love his famed masterpiece, The Starry Night? Yet, Van Gogh had a pretty tough life from his emotional imbalances to his choice in lovers. His personal and professional history is vast and very interesting. So here are some Vincent Van Gogh facts you should know. The crunchy nuggets on our list just might make you appreciate his stunning works of art even more.
Fascinating Facts about Vincent Van Gogh
1 He Was a Voracious Reader
Vincent loved to read the works of George Eliot and Charles Dickens.
2 He was Multi-Lingual
Besides speaking, his native language was Dutch and Vincent van Gogh also spoke French, German, and English.
3 His First Job
Vincent’s first job was working at Goupil & Cie, his uncle’s art dealership, which catered to The Hague.
4 He Left School Early
Because his family was struggling with money, Vincent van Gogh had to drop out of school when he was 15.
5 Depression Set in Early
Perhaps due to the remnants of his dead brother, Vincent van Gogh was moody and sulky from a very young age.
6 A Bittersweet Birth
Vincent van Gogh was born exactly one year after his older brother died in a stillborn birth.
7 His Parents Were Kind of Strange
His mom was a highly emotional artist, while his dad was a stern and uptight country minister.
8 He Died Relatively Young
At 37 years old, Vincent van Gogh was found dead, due to a gunshot he triggered.
9 He Was Mentally Ill
Vincent van Gogh struggled with mental illness and even spent some time in a mental hospital.
10 He Spent Much of His Life in Poverty
Despite being one of the most famous painters of all time today, when he was alive, he was practically a nobody.
11 Middle Name?
Van Gogh’s middle name was Willem
12 He was a Prolific Creator
He created more than 2,100 works of art during his short lifetime.
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Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night: Great Art Explained
Vincent van Gogh was a largely self-taught artist who didn’t pick up a paintbrush until he was 30 years old. And only seven years later, he would be dead.
It was really his last four years where he developed the style we would come to know him by, and these were also his most prolific years.
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