Vincent Van Gogh
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Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted (although no gun was ever found). His work was then known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still.

Van Gogh began to draw as a child, and he continued to draw throughout the years that led up to his decision to become an artist. He did not begin painting until his late twenties, completing many of his ... more »

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  • ''An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.''
    Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch painter. Letter, November 1, 1882, to his brother Theo. The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, vol. 1 (1958).
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  • ''If ... boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?''
    Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch painter. letter, Sept. 12, 1875, to his brother Theo. The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, vol. 1 (1958).
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  • ''I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.''
    Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch painter. Letter, Summer 1886. The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, vol. 2 (1958).
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  • ''Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.''
    Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch painter. Letter, July 1888. The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, vol. 3, no. B12 (1958).
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  • ''There is no blue without yellow and without orange.''
    Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch painter. Letter, June 1888. The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, vol. 3, no. B6 (1958).
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