Five Interesting Facts About Vincent Van Gogh

Born March 30th, 1853, Vincent Van Gogh produced some 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings, the majority of which were created within the last ten years of his life. Suffering mental illness, he shot himself, dying two days later on July 29, 1890. His art work lives on, as does his legend. Five points to note in regards to this fascinating personality are found below.
1. It was during a period where he was preaching to mine workers for no pay that Van Gogh began to produce charcoal sketches. In 1880, upon the advice of his brother Theo, he took up painting in earnest. There was a brief period during this time where he took lessons from Anton Mauve at The Hague.
2. He attempted study at the art academy of Antwerp, Belgium. He was dismissed after only a few short months. It was during this time however, that he found an appreciation for Japanese art, and he actually began a collection in earnest, admiring the bright colors and use of space.
3. The artist was only known to have sold one painting during his lifetime. Painted in 1888, “The Red Vineyard” is now on display in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow Russia.
4. Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo were the best of friends, whose relationship is well documented in a collection of letters that was published around 1914.
5. To this day, the legend of Van Gogh lives on. March 30, 1987 at a well renowned New York auction house, his painting “Irises”, sold for a record setting $53.9 million. In 1990 he broke the records again when his “Portrait of Doctor Gachet” sold through Christie’s for a whopping $82.5 million.
Little known or appreciated during his lifetime, Vincent Van Gogh’s influence on twentieth century art would be far reaching. Because he had no children of his own, he considered his works his children. No doubt, he would be proud of how they have carried on his name.