Vincent Van Gogh: Romantic Florals

More about the Artist

To do good work, one must be well housed, well fed, have the occasional fling and be left to drink his cup of coffee in peace.

Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30th, 1853 in a village in the southern Netherlands. Vincent was described as a serious and introspective child. Van Gogh spent his young adult life working for art dealers. He also took an interest in the vocation of his father, and became a missionary worker in an impoverished mining region in Belgium in 1879. In the following year Vincent took the suggestion of his brother Theo, and decided to become a painter.

After several years of study he completed his first major work, The Potato Eaters (1885). When he encountered Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism in Paris his style changed, incorporating brighter colors and developing a painterly style that was uniquely recognizable. Van Gogh worked hard, and produced more than 2,000 paintings, drawings and sketches in the last ten years of his life.