The Art-life of van Gogh


The Art-life of van Gogh


The art-life of van Gogh is an article about his famous paintings and brief information about those paintings. It is, easy to read. The Art-life of van Gogh article focuses on giving basic information about those paintings. If you are looking for a deep analysis of his work this content is not right for you. If you want his full work you can visit his biography page.


Van Gogh was a post-Impressionist painter whose work highly influenced 20th-century art. Firstly, Van Gogh struggled with depression and various mental illnesses throughout his life. Van Gogh was not famous when he was alive and he could only sell one painting. At last, He was born in 1853 of March 30th and died in 1890 on July 29th. He was one of the greatest painters that lived according to art critics.


Crouching Boy with Sickle – 1881

Crouching boy with sickle
Crouching Boy with Sickle (1881)

Art of Van Gogh starts with a painting named “Crouching Boy with Sickle“(1881) which he painted with black chalk and watercolor. Furthermore, Crouching Boy with Sickle is accepted as his first known work.


The Potato Eaters – 1885

The Potato Eaters solemnly focuses on 5 individuals around a table, eating a potato.
The Potato Eaters 1885

Throughout the life of van Gogh, “The Potato Eaters” (1885) is one of the most important pieces. Moreover, Potato Eaters is accepted as van Gogh`s first masterpiece. Finally, van Gogh painted this canvas while living among the peasants in the Netherlands.


The Courtesan – 1887

Throughout the art life of van Gogh, this painting is a solemn copy of a french magazine illustrating the ukiyo-e style.
The Courtesan (after Eisen) (1887)

Tadamasa Hayashi a famous Japanese art dealer who was devoted by Paris Illustré on an issue. Furthermore, Tadamasa Hayashi introduced ukiyo-e to Europe. The ukiyo-e style influenced The Courtesan. For example, the character figure in “The Courtesan” was the title of the issue of Paris Illustré and the focus character is nearly copied by van Gogh.


Café Terrace at Night – 1888

Cafe Terrace at Night is the first painting that van Gogh used nocturnal background.
Café Terrace at Night (1888)

Van Gogh painted Cafe Terrace at Night in Arles, France. Cafe Terrace at Night is the first painting that used nocturnal background. However, Van Gogh never signed his name on Cafe Terrace at Night.


Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers – 1888

Van Gogh illustrated sunflowers inside a vase.
Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers (1888)

Throughout, the life of van Gogh has painted numerous of things but maybe the most known ones are sunflowers and his own portraits. Strangely he has never painted a single artwork directly entitled “Sunflowers“.


The Bedroom – 1889

The Bedroom is an artwork, which van Gogh tried to illustrate his living quarters.
The Bedroom (1889)

First of all, The Bedroom is one of the most used artwork through the history of art. Also, Van Gogh painted the bedroom in 1889 while living at 2 Place Lamartine, Arles.


Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear 1889

This is a self-portrait of himself, which is clearly shown that he cut his ear because he has a bandage over it.
Self-Portait with Bandaged Ear (1889)

In 1889 van Gogh had a manic episode. In this episode, he cut his ear. He painted a self-portrait. That portrait named as “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. Van Gogh`s mental health started to deteriorate rapidly during these years.


Starry Night – 1889

This image is created from his memory. We can see a sky that is like a wave and beneath it, there is a town.
Starry Night 1889

Throughout the art-life of van Gogh, he has numerous achievements. “Starry Night” considered as van Gogh’s pinnacle achievement. Certainly, Van Gogh painted while seeing the landscape but in Starry Night he painted it directly from memory.


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