Vincent van Gogh is indisputably one of thegreatest painters of the late nineteenth century.His works are some of the most recognizable andsought after of any artist. His paintings are thehighlights of virtually all the greatest galleries andart collections around the world.On the rare occasions when one of van Gogh'spaintings comes up for sale, it invariably breaksauction records yet, heartbreakingly, van Goghhimself rarely had enough money to buy thepaints he needed or even to afford a good meal.Always profoundly religious and spiritual, he waswell educated and linguistically very adept. Sadly,almost every event in his life led to disaster anddisappointment for him.As van Gogh's moods changed, so too did hispaintings in palette, skill, light, composition, andrhythm. With adequate knowledge, an observer cancorrectly assign his paintings to various stages of hislife. When van Gogh signed his paintings he didn'talways he signed simply as ""Vincent"" because hepreferred not to be associated with his moralistic,ultra-conservative Dutch family. He unleashed hispersonal frustrations onto his canvas in glorioussweeps of color and expression, unmatched byany other artist. Ironically, the profound sadnessesexperienced during his tragic life have producedsome of the most life-affirming paintings everproduced.
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June 18, 2012
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