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Artists’ Series: Happy Birthday, Van Gogh!

March 30, 2013

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:

Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles, 1889 Posters
Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles, 1889 Posters by bridgemanart

His still life Sunflowers (1888) is a lovely rendering of wild flowers, seemingly strewn together in a matching vase:

Sunflowers, 1888 poster
Sunflowers, 1888 poster by bridgemanart

famous swirls of blue and yellow over Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where van Gogh lived in southern France:

The Starry Night, June 1889 (oil on canvas) Print
The Starry Night, June 1889 (oil on canvas) Print by bridgemanart

That view is what he saw out his bedroom window. How lucky we are that he had it.


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