Thursday, March 19, 2009

In Honor of Vincent

Since Vincent van Gogh's birthday is coming up on March 30, I did some research on the Web and found some interesting information about his life.

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


  1. If you're really crazy (strange word to use in this context) about Vincent, you should read the correspondence he had with his brother. That alone gives so much insight into the psychology of Vincent and in the Parisian life of those exciting times.

  2. Hi, Just visited your blog and it is great! Vincent VanGogh is my favorite artist. I love his sense of color.


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