Vincent Van Gogh Self Portrait 1889


French Post-Impressionist Painter

 Self-portrait 1889


Vincent Van Gogh was born in Holland in 1853 and was an art dealer and lay preacher before he dedicated his life to art.  He was a genius who believed that color and emotions are interrelated.  He was influenced by many different styles of art but eventually adopted his own style, creating a fresh vision for later artists to explore.

In his short artistic career of 10 years, van Gogh produced 1,700 works of art.  During his lifetime he sold only one painting that was purchased for $80  At the end of the 20th century one of his paintings sold for $53.9 million.  His work was one of the most powerful influences on Modern Art.

Van Gogh’s paintings are known for his use of color, line and textures created with thickly applied paint.  He used pure color, applied straight from the tube and was especially partial to brilliant yellows and sparkling blues.  His quick brush strokes show movement and much emotion. 

The Starry Night, 1889
Vase with 12 Sunflowers
Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night Vincent Van Gogh Vase With 12 Sunflowers