Dead Person You Should Know: Vincent van Gogh

Do you truly know the famous painter of England, Vincent van Gogh?  Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous painters that ever lived. Most people think he’s just a mad man who cut off his own ear. Other people thinks he’s a genius at painting. I think van Gogh is mad and spectacular at painting. This is the brief story of Vincent van Gogh.

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, into an upper-middle-class family. Van Gogh drew as a child and was serious, quiet, and thoughtful. As a young man, he worked as an art dealer, often traveling, but he became depressed after he was transferred to London. He was twenty-eight when he started painting in 1881, having moved back home with his parents. His young brother Theo supported him financially. In just over a decade, van Gogh created about 2,100 artworks like Bedroom of Arles and Wheatfield with Crows. Even though van Gogh was very proud about his artwork, his depression continued. Van Gogh suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions, and he worried about his mental stability. One day when van Gogh was in rage, he grab a razor and cut off his own left ear. About two years later on July 7, 1890, van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a revolver.  He died two days later at the age of thirty-seven. People used to think he was a mad man and a failure. However, today his artwork is famous and people think he was a splendid man who created incredible art work.

Vincent van Gogh  made several famous paintings like Starry Night and Sunflowers. Some of his paintings have sold for as little as 11.8 million dollars or as much as 66.3 million dollars.  After his death, his influence on Expressionism, Fauvism and early Abstraction was remarkable as a result, and some of his paintings rank among the most expensive ever sold at auction. That is why he is important to the people of today. Vincent van Gogh once said, "Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well."

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