Vincent Van Gogh Essay

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Vincent Van Gogh Valarie Triplett Mr. Byers Nov. 2 2012 Vincent Van Gogh was born March 30th, 1853 in Groot-Zundert, to Ann Cornelia Carbentus and Reverend Theodurus Van Gogh. He always was highly emotional and lacked self-confidence. He was diagnosed with severe mental instability for most of his life. He had three sisters and two brothers. This early years were spent in quiet and he drew no attention. There is not much known of his childhood. After completing an array of education, he was employed at The Hague Gallery at the age of 16, in 1870. In 1873, Goupil transferred him to London, and again in 1875 transferred him to Paris. Van Gogh lost all desire to become a professional art dealer after the relocation. Instead he decided to follow his father footsteps and devoting his life to the poor, which to him seemed more logical. Despite his behavior, his parents agreed to pay for his education. Van Gogh soon abandoned his lessons and began his own ministry with the miners of Borinage. During this time he was able to identify with the miners, their lifestyles, and their families. This interaction between Gogh and the working class is later shown in his works as he became fascinated with depicting peasant life. After working there for awhile, he got his own urge to leave and become an artist. He had no training or even artistic of even artistic talent, so he doubted his self and so did his parents. His brother, Theo, continued to push Van Gogh and supported him financially. At the age 27, he moved back in with his parents after completing nine months of further education. He set off to teach himself how to draw once he got home. He tested various different techniques and styles. In other areas he worked on mastering perspective, shading, and anatomy. Most of his early paintings were of peasant life, which most people think is because of the miners. Vincent

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