Vincent van Gogh
Traveling on the thin line between madness and genius more than any other artist, Vincent Willem Van Gogh. Born in 1853, the Dutch painter created more than 2000 artwork in his 37 years short lifetime. Most of us recognize him as the painter who cut off his own ear, yet Vincent Willem Van Gogh has brought forth countless masterpieces to history of art at times he bounced back from madness.
Continuously producing works of art during the last decade of his life, the Dutch painter is one of the most important Post-Impressionism movement. Working in various jobs such as an art dealer and even briefly a teacher and preacher, in his early terms Van Gogh produced very pessimistic works. His style changed significantly under the influence of Impressionism, creating his distinctive style as he became one of the greatest painters of the 19th century. Sadly, the recognition of his art came only after his death and as many other artists, he wasn’t able to sustain a good life standard with his artwork during his lifetime. In the final two years of his life, his mental health deteriorated further as his creativity detonated in his paintings. Infamous masterpieces such as The Potato Eaters, Starry Night Portrait of Dr. Gachet were all produced in these last two years.
Over 30 self-portraits painted between the years 1886 and 1889 places him among the most prolific self-portraitists of all time. Although it has been assumed that Vincent van Gogh took his own life believing his life was a terrible failure, he will remain one of the greatest painters of all times endlessly inspiring generations.