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Famous Artist Vincent van Gogh
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Vincent van Gogh

The man who cut off his ear!

Vincent van Gogh was born March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, the Netherlands. Through his uncle, he got a position at the art dealers, Goupil and Co. in The Hague and worked with them until he was dismissed from the London office in 1873.

By 1877, van Gogh had begun religious studies, and from 1878 to 1880 he was an evangelist in the Borinage, a poor mining district in Belgium. During this time he decided to become an artist. He moved to Paris in 1886. Here he discovered the color and ideas which became the trademark of his later work. He lived with his brother Theo and met artists including Emile Bernard, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Signac.

He moved to Arles and was joined by Paul Gauguin for a while. This was a troubled relationship. A final argument led to the infamous episode in which Van Gogh mutilated his ear. He suffered mental break downs and became a voluntary patient at the St. Remy asylum. He continued to paint. He sold his first painting in 1890. Van Gogh shot himself on July 27, 1890, and died on July 29 in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.


"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."

"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process."

"Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well."

"An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men."

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