Vincent van Gogh is one of the famous artists with many famous artworks. Some of his artworks describe his life. One of his masterpieces is a painting titled The Starry Night. There is always a story behind his masterpiece.
The Life of Vincent van Gogh
Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, and died on July 29, 1890, he was a Dutch post-impressionist painter. His paintings, drawings, and sketches are among the best, most famous, and most expensive works of art in the world. In 1880, Vincent Van Gogh decided to try to become an artist. With the financial support of his brother Theo, Van Gogh rented a studio in The Hague and studied under Anton Mauve, a prominent artist from The Hague School of Art. Van Gogh left Holland to go to Belgium in 1885. There he met artists who contributed to his famous artworks.
The artist is Peter Paul Ruben. The influence of Impressionist artists such as Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, as well as Georges Seurat is also attached to Van Gogh’s work. In early 1888 his work began to attract attention and was successfully exhibited together with Neo-Impressionist figures: Georges Seurat and Paul Signac at the Salle de Repetition of Theater Libre d’Antoine. Despite his tremendous productivity, Van Gogh suffered from mental instability, including epilepsy, delusions, and bipolar disorder. On May 8, 1889, after feeling that his mental state had deteriorated, Van Gogh voluntarily surrendered himself to a psychiatric institution in Saint-Remy, near Arles.
This period is one of the most productive. Van Gogh created more than 100 works at Saint-Remy, including his most famous artwork Starry Night (1889).
Van Gogh’s Famous Artwork
The Potato Eaters are often regarded as Van Gogh’s first masterpieces. Painted while living among peasants and laborers at Nuenen in the Netherlands, Van Gogh strives to portray people and their lives honestly. Like the life of a farmer who can only eat potatoes to survive and live his life. Another of his famous artworks is Starry Night. Many people consider Starry Night to be Van Gogh’s pinnacle of achievement. Unlike most of his works, Starry Night is painted from memory and is not based on natural references.
The emphasis on her emotional life is especially evident in the depiction of her wild, rolling sky. It seems that he combines the practically educated artists but packs them in a naive style. In this painting, it is also clear that he paints using the markings of his brush, not using brushes to imitate nature. In the center of the painting, it is as if the sky is twisting its way in a dynamic curve illuminated by shining stars. The result is a night scene that is very spiritual and filled with expressions of inner emotions. Starry Night is notorious for transcending the practice of painting towards representing the physical world.
If you want to enjoy van Gogh’s paintings, you can visit the Musée Rodin or the Musée d’Orsay. There are several collections of van Gogh’s paintings stored there. Vincent van Gogh’s famous artworks are still admired and enjoyed by art lovers today.