Did you know?
Vincent was born in 1853 in Holland.
He would be celebrating his 156th birthday--imagine blowing out all those candles on his birthday cake!
Vincent's father was a Reverand in the Protestant church.
He suffered horribly from epilepsy, psychotic attacks and delusions: now thought to be related to Bipolar Disorder.
During a stay at an insane asylum, he painted one of his most famous paintings, "The Starry Night".
Vincent sold only one painting during his entire lifetime. Now, some of his paintings sell for millions at auctions around the world.
He viewed his life as horribly wasted and felt that he was a failure.
Two of his closest friends were Theo, his brother and artist Paul Gaugin.
It's believed that Vincent painted about 900 paintings in a ten-year period
Sadly, passed away 2 days later after a self-inflicted gun shot to the chest. Vincent was only 37 years old.
---Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh's Self Portrait, courtesy of WP Clip http://www.wpclipart.com/index.html