Vincent van Gogh Facts – Knowing his art

A lot of people are fascinated with the works of Vincent van Gogh. As a matter of fact, he is one of the most celebrated artists of all time. For those who belong to the minority of individuals who still have a tenfold of information to discover about Vincent, these are Vincent van Gogh facts that may help you appreciate him more. What are these?

Who is Vincent Van Gogh?

Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 at Groot-Zundert, Holland. His parents were Reverend Theodorus van Gogh Anna Cornelia Carbentus. The name Van Gogh was obtained and made after his grandfather. The same was also true with his brother who passed away right after his birth.

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There are different pronunciations of Van Gogh in Dutch and English. However, in the United States, his name comes with a silent ‘gh.’ This is the common pronunciation observed these days. But then, this is quite a thing in Holland because the v is uttered like that from the word ‘van.’ These are the variations.

Van Gogh comes with a couple of siblings. He has a brother, whose name was Theodorous. He was lovingly referred to as Theo. He also has another in the name of Cor. Aside from these brothers, he also had sisters, three, who were Willemina, Elisabeth and Anna.

When Van Gogh was still a child, he was considered to be a really serious one. He had always been thoughtful and silent. There was also a time in his life when he agonized from temporal lobe epilepsy. The same was true for mental illness and hallucinations.

Paul Gauguin, who was a famous artist, was really close to Van Gogh. They became really good friends.

When Van Gogh was still young, he really wanted to be a pastor. This was one of his aspirations. As a matter of fact, he intended to be a part of the Dutch Reformed Church. He might had been influenced by his father during those times. Temporarily, he worked as a missionary. However, he then gave in because of all the pressures he was receiving from his parents. The idea was then put off. He did not pursue anymore.

Throughout the lifetime of Van Gogh, he was able to write almost 800 letters. Most of these letters were intended for his brother, Theo, who was also dubbed as one of his close friends.

Painting was one talent Van Gogh will not be forgotten of. When he started, he had to utilize his peasants as one of his models. Afterwards, he chose nature to be the subject of his creation. He painted flowers and as well as landscapes. There were also times when he had himself painted. He had no other option during those times since he did not have any money to pay models.

In the entire life of Van Gogh, he was not able to find any romantic love at all. He only went through failed relationships and that was about it.

Van Gogh was able to produce 2,000 pieces of art, 900 of which was paintings.