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Van Gogh van Gogh
A Self-Taught Master
Vincent Willem van Gogh a self-taught artist who changed the landscape of Post-impressionism forever. Vincent was born in the Netherlands on March 30, 1853. Van Goghâ€™s was the oldest of five children of Theodorus van Gogh and Anna Cornelia Carbentus. As a young man he showed early signs of solitude from friends and family. He attended school, which he did not study art, but exceled in the sciences. After school Van Gogh worked for as a junior clerk at an art firm. This is where Van Gogh took up his interest in art at the age of twenty-seven. He was largely self-taught. He started with ...view middle of the document...
He had five siblings Cornelius, Anna, Elisabeth, Willemina, and Theodorus, who was his favorite, closest, patron, and artistic agent family member. In school Van Gogh was very serious about academics and achieved great grades.
Van Gogh attended a boarding school in Zevenbergen, where he studied English, French, and German before he transferred to a new high school in Tilburg. He left boarding school for the fact that is family could not afford the cost of tuition. While attending school in Tilburg, Van Gogh did take art classes, but had no interest in the subject. He took an interest into the world of science, which he got amazing grades. â€œâ€¦It was in high school that his family would see that Van Gogh preferred solitude to companionshipâ€ (Gogh). Nevertheless, Van Gogh stood out from the other students because of his choice of clothing, his eating habits, being quit child, and solitary nature made Van Gogh strange or even an outcast early in his life.
After his schooling Van Gogh had a string of many jobs. On July 30, 1869, â€œâ€¦Van Gogh got a job as a junior clerk at Goupil and Company, which dealt in art and photographic prints and reproductions of famous piecesâ€¦â€ (Bron). He worked there for a couple of years and then had a string of other jobs like a substitute teacher, a preacher, and also a social worker. Meanwhile, it was surprising that Van Gogh held all of these jobs because he was highly emotional and he lack self-confidence in his life. As Van Gogh turned twenty-seven in 1880, Van Gogh turned his attention to art.
In 1882, he moved out of his parentsâ€™ home in Etten to Hague. While he was in Hague, he received formal instruction from his cousin, Anton Mauve who was a Hague School artist. â€œIt was in that same year that he executed his first independent works in watercolor and ventured into oil paintingâ€(Vincent van Gogh). His uncle C.M. Van Gogh who was an art dealer commissioned two sets of drawings of the Hague townscape. Van Gogh chose to depict everyday places like the gasworks and the nursery gardens. Some art histories suggest that Van Gogh did get paid for these commissioned works of art.
Van Gogh moved back in with his parents in 1884, and started to admirer the artist Jean-Frances Millet. Millet had a huge influence on Van Gogh. While studying Millet, Van Gogh decided to paint rural life. In the years of 1884-85 Van Gogh painted some forty studies of peasant heads, which â€œThe Potato Eatersâ€ is part of this collection. These painting portray a â€œgritty peasant family at mealtimeâ€(Vincent van Gogh). In August of 1885, Van Goghâ€™s works of art were exhibited for the first time in the windows of a paint dealer, Leurs, in The Hague. He painted â€œStill-Life with Straw Hat and Pipeâ€ and â€œStill-Life with Earthen Pot and Clogsâ€. These paintings are characterized by â€œâ€¦smooth, meticulous brushwork and fine shading of colorsâ€¦(Jenson). At this time in his art career his...