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  • 1. I dream of painting and then I paint my dream –Vincent Van Gogh  Please take a “Van Gogh” packet from the front table and answer ONLY the first question The Church at Auvers-Vincent Van Gogh 1890
  • 2. Vincent Van Gogh Post-Impressionist Artist 1853-1890
  • 3.   Van Gogh was born on March 30th, 1853 in Groot-Zundert, Holland Van Gogh had three sister and two brothers. His brother Theo would become a large part of his life in his later years.
  • 4.  Van Gogh dabbled in various careers in his younger years, such as art dealer and clergyman  He decided to become an artist at the age of 27 with the financial support of his brother Theo.  Van Gogh was largely self taught and worked on his skills by copying prints of artwork and 19th century drawing manuals and lesson books Letter and sketches by Van Gogh
  • 5.  Van Gogh started with figure drawings and landscapes. He thought it was important to master black and white before moving to color Nursery on the Schenkweg The Potato Eaters
  • 6.  By early 1886, he had moved to Paris to live with his brother Theo. Here Vincent was immersed in a centrifuge of modern art from the impressionist and post impressionists. Van Gogh quickly dropped the dark colors he had used to create The Potato Eaters after discovering the palette to be horrendously out of date. Self Portrait with Straw Hat
  • 7. 1885 1887 What changes can you see in Van Gogh’s style of painting from these two works?
  • 8. Van Gogh adopted the brighter more vibrant colors with ease and began experimenting with the techniques he saw in the art of the impressionist and post impressionists.
  • 9.  While in Paris, Vincent was acquainted with various other artists including Paul Gauguin. Vincent befriended Paul Gauguin and moved to Arles in 1888 hoping that his new friend would join him. Vincent was confident in his new and highly personal style and felt that he could attribute it to modern art with his outlandish new color combinations. Self Portrait by Paul Gauguin
  • 10. Towards the end of 1888, the first signs of Van Gogh's mental illness began to take hold. He suffered from various types of epilepsy, psychotic attacks, and delusions. One such episode entailed Vincent pursuing Gauguin with a knife and threatening him intensely. Later that day, Vincent returned to their house and mutilated his ear. Vincent was temporarily hospitalized and released to find Self Portrait with Gauguin swiftly leaving Arles and Bandaged Ear his dream of an artistic community shattered.
  • 11. As the year of 1888 came to an end, Vincent traveled to Saint-Rémy-deProvence where he committed himself to an asylum. Here his paintings became a flood of activity. Starry Night which resides as his most popular work and one of the most influence pieces in history. The swirling lines of the sky are a possible representation of his mental state. This same shaken style is visible in all of his work during his time in the asylum
  • 12.  Vincent left Saint-Rémy-deProvence in 1890 and began contacting his brother Theo. van Gogh continued working and created a number of pieces; nearly one painting per day. Vincent viewed his life as horribly wasted, personally failed and impossible. He only sold one painting in his lifetime. On July 27, 1890 Van Gogh attempted suicide by shooting himself in the chest. He survived, but died two days later from the wound Road with Cypress and Star
  • 13. Possible Mental Conditions  Temporal Lobe Epilepsy   Van Gogh was born with a brain lesion, this may have been aggravated by his prolonged use of Absinthe Bipolar Disorder  Van Gogh suffered from bouts of mania followed by deep depressions. Bipolar disorder may have been the cause
  • 14.  Why Yellow?  Theory: Thujone Poisoning  In order to counter act his attacks of epilepsy, anxiety, and depression, Van Gogh drank absinthe, a toxic alcoholic drink popular with many artists at the time. Thujone is the toxin in absinthe. High doses of thujone can also cause one to see objects in yellow. Various physicians have differing opinions on whether or not this is what caused Van Gogh's affinity with yellow.
  • 15. What are the most important elements of this artwork?