Vincent Willem van Gogh is one of the most famous painters in history. He is a Dutch post-impressionist painter.
Ironically, his name and his works are just beginning to be recognized and internationally recognized after he died.
A number of observers of art assess the paintings of Van Gogh has exceeded his time.
Throughout his hard-earned life, Van Gogh has made 2,100 works of art, including 860 oil paintings. But as he lived it, there was only 1 painting that sold.
Yet at this time, after death, almost all of Van Gogh’s work has been sold. Some of his works are even listed as the most expensive paintings in the world. Some of his phenomenal paintings include Portrait of Dr. Gachet, The Starry Night, and The Potato Eaters.
Before choosing a plunge as a painter, Van Gogh had been a saleswoman in his uncle’s art gallery in London, England. He also served as God’s minister in Borinage, Belgium – a coal mining area occupied by the poor.
Zundert-born man, the Netherlands, March 30, 1853 began to decide to become a painter in 1881 on his return from Borinage, Belgium.
There is no final word to begin, Van Gogh thought at the age of 27 years later. His determination was unanimous, though many people around him, including his extended family, did not approve of his decision.
The only faithful person to support Van Gogh’s decision in total is Theo van Gogh, his beloved sister.
Since childhood, two of the six brothers were very close indeed. Theo always supports her sister’s career choices. Even as a poor artist, Van Gogh gets financial support from Theo who is a successful businessman.
During the painting, Van Gogh lives on. He had painted various objects in several cities in the Netherlands and France.
But while living in Arles, France, Van Gogh suffered from an acute mental disorder.
For no apparent reason, in December 1888, he cut off his left ear and gave it to a prostitute. Of course this makes him to be hospitalized.
Van Gogh was also treated at the Mental Hospital of Saint-Remy, France, in 1889-1990.
But despite being treated at RSJ, Vincent remained diligent in painting. Many of his phenomenal works were born in RSJ Saint-Remy, among them The Starry Night, The Olive Trees, and Country Road in Provence by Night.
Theo brother is the figure behind the consistency of Van Gogh in the work. Repeatedly the psychiatric illness of Van Gogh relapsed, repeatedly also Theo bear the cost of his treatment. Theo continues to supply canvas, paint, pencils, paper, and other painting tools for his sister wherever he is, including in a mental hospital.
Theo also tirelessly tries to sell Van Gogh paintings that he believes are good and worth.
Theo failed to sell Van Gogh’s paintings, but Theo’s wife, Johanna Bonger, continued the struggle of her husband to sell the paintings until finally one by one Van Gogh’s painting began to be known and known to the world.
Van Gogh died at the age of 37 years on July 28, 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
After Van Gogh died, the health of Theo the younger brother gradually deteriorated. Theo then fell ill, allegedly feeling deeply deprived of the death of Van Gogh.
Six months after Van Gogh died, Theo finally overtook the age-old in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on January 25, 1891. His body was buried adjacent to the tomb of Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise.
The figure of the brothers who are very close and loving each other is then immortalized into two statues of their figures built in Zundert, the birthplace of both.
Van Gogh’s phenomenal life story is immortalized into a biographical novel by Irving Stone.
Stone wrote the book Lust for Life after doing serious research by reading the letters and diaries ever made by Van Gogh, interviewing people who knew Vincent, and coming to locations in Europe where he lived.
The 1934 book exploded on the market and made the name Irving Stone known as one of the best biographical writers in the world.
The story in the book was later adapted into the same film, Lust for Life, by Vincente Minelli in 1956. The film, starring Kirk Douglas was successfully won 1 Oscar and won 3 other Oscar nominations.
In addition to being immortalized in books and films, the life story of Vincent van Gogh is also immortalized into songs and often performed on theatrical performances.
Don McLean, a United States musician, created a song titled Vincent (Starry Starry Night) which he dedicated to commemorating Vincent van Gogh.
The works of Vincent van Gogh are still admired and enjoyed by art lovers today. In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Van Gogh Museum was built to commemorate the works and relics of the Windmill painter.
Until now, the life story of Vincent van Gogh is also still read and watched by many people. His story even inspired others who lived after his time.
Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian woman who is now a professor at Stanford University, United States, claimed to be inspired by Lust for Life book. The woman who won the Fields Medal in 2014 – an international award in the field of four-year mathematics, admitted to being deeply impressed by Van Gogh’s biographical novel for telling how enthusiastic, total, and detailed the maestro is in working.