Vincent van Gogh
"A good picture is equivalent to a good deed."
Van Gogh is considered one of the most influential artists of all time. Today his paintings sell for staggering amounts, but during his life Vincent was often destitute and alone.
After briefly studying art in Belgium, Van Gogh joined his brother Theo in Paris, where he met and was influenced by Pissaro, Monet, and Gauguin. His dark pallet became infused with color. Defined as a Post-Impressionist, he employed bold brushstrokes and vividly textured color.›
In 1888, he moved to Arles, hoping to start an art school and persuading Paul Gauguin to join him.› Often suffering ill health physically and mentally, Van Gogh experienced his worst episode yet, attacking Gauguin and later cutting off a piece of his own earlobe. ›
Van Gogh committed himself to an asylum in Saint Remey, painting masterpieces such as žStarry Night.Ó. › Just two months after his release to recuperate in the French countryside, he shot himself in the heart.› Yet many of his best-known paintings were created during the last two years of his life, standing as a testament to his stormy brilliance.