Vincent Van Gogh.

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Vincent Van Gogh - life, work & influences


Post impressionism is the name applied to several styles of painting that arose in western Europe, especially France, in the 1880's and 1890's. Postimpressionism followed the art movement known as impressionism.

Impressionist painters sought to capture a direct experience of the natural world. They rebelled against the idealized, carefully finished paintings of the prevailing academic style. Unlike the academic painters, the impressionists did not try to give their art a theoretical, moral, or emotional significance. The postimpressionists attempted to move beyond the ideas and techniques of impressionism. Postimpressionist painters added emotional or symbolic meanings to their work. In this way they helped bring about the transition from impressionism's faithfulness to nature to Fauvism, cubism, and abstract styles of the 1900's.

The English art critic Roger Fry coined the term postimpressionism in 1910 for an exhibition of modern painting he organized in London.

The most important postimpressionists were the French artists Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cezanne; and the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.

In this essay, I will be discussing the life of Van Gogh

Van Gogh, a Dutchman who lived in France, expressed his passionate emotions in colourful paintings of everyday objects and events.

Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890), is one of the most famous painters in modern art. Yet during his lifetime, he received no recognition and sold only one painting. Van Gogh failed in every career he attempted and felt unloved and friendless. He turned to art to express his strong religious feelings and his deep need for love and respect. During the last five years of his life, van Gogh completed more than 800 oil paintings.

Van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert, near Breda, the Netherlands, the son of a minister. When he was...