Interesting facts about Van Gogh

Posted on Mar 11, 2022      123

The famous painter Vincent Van Gogh is now famous throughout the world. His paintings cost some fabulous money, but his contemporaries did not appreciate his work. Throughout his life, Van Gogh was a very poor man, but he never abandoned his art, even if it didn’t bring him any money. He had his own particular vision of the world around him and he transferred it to canvas, passing it on to posterity. Sadly, Van Gogh never really lived to see the light of fame and recognition—it would only come many, many years later.

Van Gogh's biography facts

  • Van Gogh, whose paintings are now worth tens of millions of dollars, painted only for the last 10 years of his life.
  • Vincent Willem van Gogh was born in the south of the Netherlands to a Protestant pastor, Theodore van Gogh, and Anne Cornelia, who was the daughter of a respected bookbinder and bookseller.
  • Throughout his life, Van Gogh studied biblical texts and even took on translating them.
  • The same name, Vincent, was the name his parents wanted to use for their first child, who was born a year early, but died on the very first day.
  • Van Gogh was a troublesome child. He dropped out of school on over one occasion, and as a young boy had dropped out.
  • Van Gogh had five brothers and sisters.
  • At one time, Van Gogh worked for his uncle in London, but fell out with him and was eventually fired, despite his family connections.
  • For a long time, Van Gogh seriously wanted to become a priest like his father.
  • Fascinated by painting, Van Gogh enrolled at the Brussels Academy of Art, but dropped out after a year.

  • During his lifetime, Van Gogh sold not just one of his paintings, as popular myth has it, but 14. Paul Gauguin, the other famous painter, purchased two of them.
  • Over the course of 10 years, Vincent van Gogh painted over 2,100 works—portraits, self-portraits, landscapes and still lives.
  • Van Gogh’s lack of artistic training affected his inability to paint the human figure. Ultimately, the lack of grace and fluidity of lines in human images became one of the fundamental features of his style.
  • For several years, the future artist worked as a schoolteacher.
  • Van Gogh became a preacher, but the church considered him a zealot and banned him in the summer of 1879.
  • Although van Gogh took lessons from famous painters, he was self-taught.
  • Vincent was in love with his cousin Kaye Vos-Striker, who was a widow. He had met her while she was visiting with her son at his parents’ house. Kaye rejected his feelings, but Vincent’s courtship with her turned everyone in his family against him.
  • Throughout his life, Van Gogh moved around a great deal and, by a strange coincidence, every two years, he changed his place of residence.
  • Van Gogh took up painting as a mature painter and over the course of just 10 years, he went from being a beginner to a master who turned the concept of fine arts upside down.
  • Van Gogh died two days after shooting himself with a revolver. There is a theory that it might have been a neighborhood boy who accidentally shot Vincent, but this is an assumption that has no proof.

  • The great painter had a very close relationship with his younger brother, Theo. Theo was not only his brother but also a very close friend to whom Vincent van Gogh would send over 900 letters over the course of his lifetime.
  • Van Gogh’s first public recognition came in the last year of his life, after his participation in the G-20 exhibition, when the first positive article on his work, The Red Vineyards of Arles, was published.
  • Conventional wisdom has it that Van Gogh cut off his earlobe during an argument with Paul Gauguin.
  • Toward the end of his life, Vincent painted quickly. He could complete a painting from start to finish in under two hours.
  • Vincent’s brother, Theo, actually subsidised him. Both brothers now rest beside each other.
  • When Van Gogh became very ill, bright colors dominated his work. The worse the painter was, the brighter his paintings were.
  • After Van Gogh cut off his earlobe, Theo insisted that his brother be admitted to a psychiatric hospital for treatment. He was released after a couple of weeks, but was soon taken back to the psychiatric clinic for a year.
  • Theo Van Gon only outlived Vincent by six months, as his brother’s death took its toll on him.