Jan 7, 2014

Vincent Van Gogh | 1853 -1890 | The Flower Series

Vincent Van Gogh was born in 1853 in Netherlands and grew up in Holland. He was raised in a religious family and his father was a minister. After ending up of his school, he started to work as an art dealer with one of his uncle, learning the trade in Holland and working in France & England. At initial stage he was successful and happy with his work, but later he lost interest in art trade especially in Paris and returned home. 
He then began to study theology, he was intelligent, able to speak multiple languages but failed to clear a couple of exams. Afterwards, he worked a a missionary in a coal mining community, during this period he started taking interest in those around him, this was the beginning of his career as an artist. In 1880, when he was 27 years old, Gogh entered the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium. The following winter he fell in love, got his heart broken and started painting. During 1885, he painted his famous painting-"Potato Eaters" while struggling for love and life. Afterwards, he was fully devoted to painting, studying color theory, exploring works of famous artists. One is his most famous paintings was "Sunflowers" After just ten years of painting and producing near about 900+ paintings Gogh's health began to decline coupled with frequent visits to hospitals and mental illness.In the year 1890, he took his life. His life is said to be a "tortured one". After just twenty years of his death his works got huge recognition all around the world and later fetch him great popularity and recognition.
Vincent Van Gogh painted some beautiful flower and landscape paintings. Most of his flower paintings consist of sunflowers, lilacs, roses. He loved to paint flowers. Vicent Van Gogh painted two series of sunflowers; he painted the first one when he was in Paris in the year 1887 and the other one during his stay in Arles in the following year. In the year 1888, Vincent Van Gogh Wrote: "I am hard at it, painting with the enthusiasm of a Marseillais eating bouillabaisse, which won't surprise you when you know that what I'm at is the painting of some sunflowers. If I carry out this idea there will be a dozen panels. So the whole thing will be a symphony in blue and yellow. I am working at it every morning from sunrise on, for the flowers fade so quickly. I am now on the fourth picture of sunflowers. This fourth one is a bunch of 14 flowers ... it gives a singular effect".

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