Starry Night Over The Rhone Essay

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Starry Night Over the Rhone Vincent William van Gogh was born March 30, 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands and was one of six children. Inspired by the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens, various impressionist artists like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Japanese print, van Gogh discovered his artistic abilities in 1880. He enrolled to the Antwerp Academy but his refusal to follow the schools strict rules, which led to disputes, and he left after three months. In 1886 Vincent moved to Paris to live with his younger brother Theo. In Paris, van Gogh developed a passion for “a full effect of colour*”, creating his personal idiom and distinct style of brushstroke. After two years, Vincent became overwhelmed by city life and like many Impressionists of the time, longed to “look at nature under a brighter sky*”. In February 1888, van Gogh and his friend, fellow Impressionist Paul Gauguin, moved to the small town of Arles in the South of France. The next year was a time torn between brilliance and personal agony. He used these months to perfect his method of squeezing oil paint directly from the tube onto the canvas. Many of his most popular pieces were painted during this period. He enjoyed painting still life scenes of vases of flowers and outdoor landscapes. His vibrant colors and intense brushstrokes show his passion for his work and also his struggle with internal demons. In April 1889, after battling what doctors called “bouts of insanity”, van Gogh admitted himself into the Asylum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. His year in asylum was another period of genius, producing piece after piece with bold and bright colors and more dynamic movement. He moved back to Paris in May of 1890, but suffered from depression. Shortly thereafter, van Gogh shot himself in the head, dying two days later. Van Gogh used his artistic ability as a means of expression, but considering his is one of today’s

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