Vincent van Gogh: the artist and where to admire his works

Vincent van Gogh was one of the leading exponents of post-impressionism, although fame came to him after his death thanks to the work of his brother's wife Theo. If you want to know more about the artist, as well as where to see his most famous works, do not hesitate to continue reading.

Brief biography of Vincent van Gogh

Self Portrait - Wikimedia Commons

Vincent van Gogh was born in 1853 in Zundert, the Netherlands, although his fondness for painting emerged fifteen years later, when he studied at the Hannik Institute in Tilburg. After having several works, in 1875 he had to travel to Paris, where he grew his love for art when he saw an exhibition by Jean-François Millet.

In 1880 he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, where he studied drawing and perspective. At that time he made several works in which he represented realistically models of daily life. Shortly after, in 1886, he returned to Paris to join his brother Theo, director of the Goupil Gallery.

It was in the City of Light when, After knowing the works of Pissarro, Monet or Gauguin, he began to give more light to his works and to paint following a more impressionistic style. This new interest led him to move in 1888 to Arles, where he painted most of his most famous oils.

Scraps of his life

Cordeville Fields - Wikimedia Commons

Van Gogh's last years were marked by his psychiatric problems, which is why he was admitted to the asylum of Saint-Rémy. When he felt better in 1890, he moved to live in Auvers-su-Oise under the watchful eye of Dr. Paul Gachet. Even so, the Dutch painter suffered a new crisis and committed suicide.

But nevertheless, Before his fateful death, the artist had a frantic creative stage. And it is that in his last thirty months of life he created about 500 works. Johanna, the widow of her brother Theo, who died in 1891, convinced of the value of her brother-in-law's creations, organized exhibitions and made sales to museums and collections.

«Drawing is fighting to cross an invisible iron wall that seems to rise between what you feel and what you are capable of doing.»

-Vincent van Gogh-

Detail of «Sunflowers» - Wikimedia Commons

The largest collection of works by the Dutch painter is in the museum dedicated to his figure in Amsterdam, because it has more than 200 paintings belonging to various periods of creation of the artist, as well as about 400 drawings or various letters of the same.

One of the most outstanding works that houses the museum are The sunflowers. It belongs to a series of paintings in which the painter tried to combine beauty with the evocation of nature and in which his favorite color predominates: yellow. Other sunflowers can be found in the Philadelphia Museum of Art or in the National Gallery in London.

We pass to Arles's bedroom, which shows the painter's bedroom during his stay in the French city. As with the previous table, there are also other versions that can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Orsay Museum in Paris.

Other outstanding works at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam are Potato Eaters, with which he intended to reflect the miserable life of the peasants; or Self-portrait with gray felt hat, painted by the artist when he decided to devote himself to portraiture to solve his economic problems.

Water Mill in Gennep - Wikimedia Commons

In Spain, more specifically in the Thyssen Museum, you can see several works by Vincent van Gogh, such as The arresters in Arles, which responds to a change in the artist's style: from impressionist methods to a painting of more synthetic forms and more strident colors.

Other works that houses the Madrid museum are Water mill in Gennep, painted entirely outdoors; Landscape at sunset, which shows a sunset; Les Vessenots in Auvers, in which several houses are grouped together with extensive wheat fields; and lithography Farmers eating potatoes.

From Spain we move to other countries to see other outstanding paintings by Van Gogh. A) Yes, Coffee terrace at night or Sower with the setting sun, are exhibited at the Kröller-Müller Museum in OtterioThe NAP It can be seen at the Orsay Museum in Paris or Arles women at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

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