Vincent Van Gogh a warm heart Dutch Post-Impressionist artist.
Vincent Van Gogh a warm heart
Dutch Post-Impressionist artist.
by Humberto Fernán Mandirola Brieux
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Vincent Van Gogh a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist.
He was born in Zundert, The Netherlands on March 30 ,1853 and he died on July 29 ,1890 at the age of 37
His painting are one of the most treasure object in the world today.
Vincent went to school in Zevenbergen and studied French,
English and German , he spooked four languages and he
was well-read. Due to family financial difficulties, at the age
of 15 he was forced to leave school and to go to work. He
worked hard as a digger, then he became a missionary
worker in a very poor mining region in The Netherlands and
afterwards he worked in a big French art dealers company
“Goupil & Co” in The Hague, Holland.
He did not embark upon a career as an artist until 1880 at
the age of 27. Van Gogh was the son of Anna Carbentus and
Theodorus Van Gogh, who was a minister of the Dutch
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
Vincent Van Gogh
Conscience is a man's compass.
Vincent Van Gogh
His production is divided in 6 Periods from 1880 to 1890: In only 10 years he
produced more than 2,000 works, including around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings
In Netherlands (1880-1885) 5 years - sombre colours
1.Earliest Paintings in different cities (1880–1883)
In France (1886-1890) 5 years - bright colours
3.Paris (1886–1888) In Paris, Van Gogh was influenced
by the work of other artists.
4.Arles (February 1888 – May 1889) In Arles,
Van Gogh was inspired by the colors of the French countryside.
5.Saint-Rémy (May 1889– May 1890)
In Saint-Rémy , Van Gogh was very sick.
6.Auvers-sur-Oise (May – July 1890)
The Netherlands - Zundert - Nuenen - Etten - The Hague
Earliest Paintings in Netherlands (1880 -1883)
Initially Van Gogh worked only with sombre colours, until he
encountered Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism in Paris.
Boy Cutting Grass with a Sickle
Painted in Etten: October, 1881
Beach at Scheveningen in Stormy Weather
The Hague: August, 1882
Nuenen (1883–1885) sombre colours
Two Peasant Women Digging
Nuenen: July, 1885
The Potato Eaters
Nuenen: April, 1885
Paris (1886–1888) In Paris, Van Gogh was influenced by the work of other artists.
In Fernand Cormons’ atelier, he met Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. He also met Emile
Bernard, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Camille Pissarro and Paul Signac at that time.
Van Gogh's palette comes alive. Bright colors
Vase with Red Poppies in Summer, 1886
Self-Portrait Winter 1887-88
Arles (February 1888 – May 1889) In Arles, Van Gogh
was inspired by the colors of the French countryside.
This was the most productive
period of Van Gogh
Still Life: Vase with
Sunflowers, Agust, 1888
Harvest at La Crau, June, 1888
Vase with Sunflowers-series
Old drawbridge painted by Vincent Van Gogh, which currently gets
its name, Vincent Van Gogh Bridge. The bridge is preserved as
then in Arles.
Arles (February 1888 – May 1889)
Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum,
Arles, at Night, September, 1888
At left you can see Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum in
Hôtel-Dieu ( 'Residence of God' has was called Hospital at the time)
where Van Gogh was taken when he cut off his ear.. there painted this
was in the
very erratic at
the time, due
to the severity
of his attacks
of Van Gogh's
not outdoors as
by Don Mc Clean
View of the river Rhone in Arles there he painted one of his
most famous pictures.. Starry Night over the Rhone 10/13/2013
He painted from here painted the yellow house, the house
was destroyed during the war in a German bombing.
This would be the location of the yellow house in Arles
St.Remy Asylum: where he was interned with an outbreak of esquisofrenia
Wheat Field with Cypresses Saint-Rémy: Early September, 1889
Champ de blé aux corbeaux - Wheat field with crows 1889
(Fleurs-de-Lis) Irisis, Painting, Oil on Canvas Saint-Rémy, France: May, 1889
The National Flower of France is the stylised Lily. Even the Iris is supposed to be the flower emblem of France.
Still Life: Vase with Irises Against a Yellow Background
Painting, Oil on Canvas Saint-Rémy: May, 1890
Saint-Rémy Hospital 1889
Vincent had never money
paid, often he paied his
drinks and the doctors who
attended him with his paint.
In fact many of his
paintings were in the hands
of his doctor.
Auvers-sur-Oise (May–July 1890)
Portrait of Doctor Gachet, June, 1890: (bidding;
auction; sale ).
Portrait of Doctor Gachet, (2nd version)
June, 1890. There are two authentic
versions of this portrait.
This pictures in an auction fetched a record
price of $82.5 million in 1990. This is
incredible for a person who couldn't sell any
picture during his life.
Auvers-sur-Oise (May–July 1890)
Thatched Cottages at Cordeville, June, 1890
Church of Auvers-sur-Oise, 1890
The old man afflicted,
Theodorus "Theo" Van Gogh
Was a sharp-witted and enlightening Brother
We would all like to have a brother like Theo
(1 May 1857 – 25 January 1891)
He was a successful art dealer.
He was the youngest brother of Vincent van Gogh.
Theo's unfailing financial support allowed his
brother to devote himself entirely to painting.
Theo always accompanied and helped Vincent.
Theo admired his elder brother, probably he was the only one who
admired Vincent in his lifetime. But communicating with him
proved to be difficult, even before Vincent opted to follow his
artistic vocation. Theo was often concerned about Vincent's mental
condition and he was among the few who understood his brother.
Van Gogh cut off the lobe of his left ear during some sort of seizure
on 24 December 1888. Mental problems afflicted him, particularly in
the last few years of his life. During some of these periods he did not
paint or was not allowed to. There has been much debate over the
years as to the source of Van Gogh's mental illness and its effect on his
work. Over 150 psychiatrists have attempted to label his illness, and
some 30 different diagnoses have been suggested.
Vincent van Gogh's medical condition Diagnoses which have been put
forward include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, syphilis, poisoning
from swallowed paints, temporal lobe epilepsy and acute intermittent
porphyria. Any of these could have been the culprit and been
aggravated by malnutrition, overwork, insomnia, and a fondness for
alcohol, and absinthe in particular.
Still Life with Absinthe (1887)Medical theories have even been proposed
to explain Van Gogh's use of the colour yellow. One theory holds
that Van Gogh's colour vision might have been affected by his love
of absinthe, a liquor that contains a neurotoxin called thujone. High
doses of thujone can cause xanthopsia: seeing objects in yellow.
However, a 1991 study indicated that an absinthe drinker would
become unconscious from the alcohol content long before consuming
enough thujone to develop yellow vision. Another theory suggests that
Dr. Gachet might have prescribed digitalis to Van Gogh as a treatment
for epilepsy. There is no direct evidence that he ever took digitalis, but
he did paint Gachet with some cut flower stalks of Common Foxglove,
the plant from which the drug is derived. Those who take large doses
of digitalis often report yellow-tinted vision or yellow spots
surrounded by coronas (like those in the The Starry Night) and
changes in overall colour perception.
A recently proposed illness is lead poisoning. The paints he
used were lead-based, and one of the symptoms of lead
poisoning results in a swelling of the retina, which may have
led to the halo effect seen in many of Van Gogh's later works.
It has been suggested that Van Gogh suffered from the brain
disorder hypergraphia. This is a manifestation of another
disorder that appears as a near constant, overwhelming
urge to write. The disorders it is most commonly associated
with are mania and epilepsy
Summary of his medical records: Most of his best-known works were
produced in the final two years of his life, during which time he cut off part of his left ear
following a breakdown in his friendship with Paul Gauguin.
•syphilis, gonorrhea ,
•poisoning from swallowed paints, (lead-plumbum).,
•temporal lobe epilepsy ,
•acute intermittent porphyria ,
•been aggravated by:
• a fondness
•for alcohol, and absinthe.
•absinthe is a liquor that contains a neurotoxin called thujone. High doses of
thujone can cause xanthopsia: seeing objects in yellow. (colour vision might have
been affected) .
•He suffered recurrent bouts of mental illness.
The death of Vincent Van Gogh
The popular belief is that he shot himself in the chest.
A new theory on the death is that he did not commit suicide and was in
fact shot by a teenage boy.
The theory contradicts the accepted version of events, which holds that
Van Gogh shot himself in a field in France.
Staggering more than a mile back to an inn where he was staying. Before
dying 30 hours later, he was asked if he meant to commit suicide, and
said: "Yes I believe so".
But this does not explain why the easel and brushes that he had taken to
the fields with him that day, not to mention a gun, were never found,
and nor was a suicide note.
Van Gogh didn't accuse the boy of shooting him because he welcomed
death and didn't want the teenager to be punished.
The death of Vincent Van Gogh
I have a very deep admiration for this big man and his
brother, for his life as a beggar, for his brilliant art and his
Even in his death on which preferred to go through a
suicide (which he detested) before the friend child was
blamed to kill him.
The greatest of this man only God can judge.
Van Gogh died in 1890 aged 37. Burial and graves with Theo in Auvers-sur-Oise
Town Cemetery. All moments together, and so much more. A life so profoundly
troubled and at the same time such incredible beauty.
Van Gogh spent
his final months
and where he
died. It is now a
Sightseeing, walking in Madero Harbor with
aunt Sonia & aunt Adela
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Thank you ….
for your attention
Dr. Humberto F. Mandirola Brieux