Van-Gogh

'Great artists leads us to God'

 

Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) is a major European artist, a genius, an innovator, equalled only to Rembrandt and Picasso. Influenced by French Impressionism and Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, he painted in bright colours and unique gestural brushstrokes.

 

But his major artistic achievement is his great ability to go beyond appearance to deeper essential truths. He believed that "Real painters do not paint things as they are. They paint them as they feel them to be." This very idea inspired Expressionism (images serve emotions) and many artists of the 20th century.

 

Van Gogh battled with depression and mental illness all his short adult life, the condition which it is now believed was a sign of a superior creativity misunderstood by his contemporaries. "The sadness will last forever" were his last words after he shot himself. But his sensitive paintings project no sadness but a powerful sense of optimism, joy and immense beauty. "These canvases will tell you what I cannot say in words", Van Gogh said. Selling only one painting, he was ill from poverty during his lifetime. Now his paintings are the most expensive in the World.

 

Vincent van Gogh

The Starry Night, 1889

Vincent van Gogh

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Sunflowers

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A Wheatfield with Cypresses

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