We should all count our lucky stars that Vincent van Gogh didn’t paint for the money, since he never sold a painting in his life. Only in the years after did people start to appreciate his impeccable technique, his distinctive style, and of course, the mystery behind his cut-off ear.
In just over a decade he completed more than 2,000 paintings – from landscapes and still lifes to portraits and self-portraits – and some of them rank among the most well-regarded art of all time. Many of us know and admire his Bedroom at Arles (1889), for instance, with its unusual perspective and striking use of color:
His still life Sunflowers (1888) is a lovely rendering of wild flowers, seemingly strewn together in a matching vase:
famous swirls of blue and yellow over Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where van Gogh lived in southern France:
That view is what he saw out his bedroom window. How lucky we are that he had it.