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Van Gogh

Van Gogh and the provencal light

Van GoghVincent Van Gogh was born March 30, 1853 in Holland. Thanks to one of his uncles, he worked from 1869 in the art gallery Goupil. There remain three years at La Hague, then start work on the London branch and finally to Paris.

Van Gogh resigned in 1876 and returned to Holland. He feels called by a spiritual vocation and began studying theology abandons it to become a lay preacher.

In 1882, Van Gogh began painting in oil, after studying drawing at Antwerp. A Nuenem in the presbytery father, he worked outdoors and portraits of peasants lead to the "Eaters potato", major work that reveals his sensitivity and concern vehement. In Antwerp again, he is impressed by Rubens and the revelation of Japanese prints. In Paris, he met Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Paul Gauguin. It is a very fertile period where his art is moving towards Impressionism, but absinthe and fatigue exacerbate his mental state.

Chambre de Van Gogh à ArlesIn 1888, he moved to Arles and a new page of his work will open with the discovery of light Provence. He travelled on foot the region and painted landscapes, scenes of harvest and portraits. In early June 1888, having received a ticket of 100 francs of his brother, Van Gogh went to the diligence Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer for a short stay of five days. He painted the famous boat "Friendship" and the village gathered around the church fortress.

Meanwhile, Van Gogh who lives in the "yellow house", dreams of a community of artists uniting fraternally their experiences and research: Gauguin to join him just for this purpose in October 1888 and they begin to work together on such series tables devoted to Alyscamps. But the two men are evil and, following a quarrel more violent than others, in December 1888, Van Gogh, suffering from delusions are mutilated ear before going to offer it to a prostitute. He is being treated by Dr. Rey which he then painted the portrait. In May 1889, when he decided himself to go into an asylum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

A year later, he moved to Auvers sur Oise, where Dr. Gachet to accept treatment. Two months later, however, on July 27, 1890, victim of incessant hallucinations, Vincent Van Gogh committed suicide with a pistol shot to the heart.

He had one day wrote to his brother Theo: "... in a painting, I want to say something consoling like music. I would like to paint men or women with this "je ne sais quoi d'éternel", once the cloud was the symbol, and that we seek by radiation, by the vibration of our colorations.. "

Van Gogh, painting gallery

Van Gogh Van Gogh - Chambre de l'artiste à Arles Entrée du jardin public à Arles Van Gogh - Moulin près de Arles Pont de Trinquetaille Saintes Maries de la Mer

Others artists on Net-Provence

Picasso - Matisse - Signac - Van Gogh - Giono - Mistral - Pagnol - Daudet - Renoir

Others pages of interest

Arles - Saintes Maries de la Mer - Saint Rémy de Provence - Artistes de Provence