The life of Vincent Van Gogh is a short one, composing only 37 years between March 30, 1853 and July 29, 1890. However, any biography on Vincent Van Gogh is full of intriguing stories. This short biography of Vincent van Gogh only covers the most important details of his life though.
Born in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands, Vincent Van Gogh would grow up to become one of the most influential Impressionist/Post-Impressionist painters of all time. His images have become world famous and for years have influenced generations of new painters. Because he was born only 150 years ago, the life and times of Van Gogh are incredibly well known and well documented. An autobiography for Vincent van Gogh has been compiled from the letters he wrote to his brother Theo during and throughout his travels. These letters often accompanied the paintings that Vincent sent Theo to keep for him.
In the early days of Vincent van Gogh’s bio he was known as an altruistic man who believed that his calling was in religion and helping the poor. He failed repeatedly to enter and study theology in school but eventually found placement as a missionary in Belgium. However, he was eventually expelled from this position for impersonating a priest.
His brothers would eventually symbolize the path Van Gogh would take in life. Three of them were art dealers, and one in particular, Theo, was a close confidant of Vincent, constantly offering him assistance and a means to find his way out of squalor and depression. Van Gogh was constantly depressed and it was Theo who offered him the chance to study the basics of art so as to overcome the pain of his personal relationships.
One of the first of those relationships to collapse was his attempts to marry his recently widowed cousin. After being initially rejected by her, Van Gogh was rejected by her father for his lack of financial stability. Van Gogh spent a deal of time in The Hague after this rejection, studying art and carrying on a long relationship with a prostitute. Until that point supported to some degree by his cousin, Anton Mauve, Van Gogh soon found himself without any support as Mauve disapproved of the lifestyle. It is believed that Van Gogh might have fathered a son with the prostitute by the name of Willem.
In 1886, Van Gogh made his way to Paris where his most famous and prolific years of painting would begin. He began work in a studio and was given the chance to share his work with some of the most influential and well known painters of the day. It did not take long though for Van Gogh’s depressive nature to get the better of him. After only three years, his vices of drinking and smoking as well as his constant depression forced him to self admit to the Saint Remy Asylum. It was here that he would paint some of his most famous works such as Starry Night and Portrait of Dr. Gachet. After one year in the asylum, Van Gogh left. A month later, he left the asylum, after which he walked into a field and shot himself in the chest with a revolver. After the shooting, it took two full days for Van Gogh to succumb and die from the wounds.