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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Vincent van Gogh
|What means did van Gogh use to commit suicide?||Van Gogh
|Who did van Gogh fall in love with when he moved to England?||Van Gogh
Eugenie. Eugenie however had no interest in the young artist, and was engaged a few months later to another man. Van Gogh was unwilling to give up and declared his love. This was utterly rejected. He remained melancholy for quite some time.
|What was the name of the asylum van Gogh resided at?||Van Gogh
|With which famous artist did van Gogh reside for a time?||Van Gogh
Gauguin. Van Gogh and Gauguin had a tumultuous relationship. Van Gogh felt inadequate compared to his exuberent, self confident friend. This relationship is believed to have led to his first breakdown.
|Vincent van Gogh moved to Paris in 1886 to study at the studio of which French painter?||Van Gogh
Fernand Corman. Toulouse-Lautrec and Anquetin also studied at Atelier Cormon. Cormon himself was tutored by Cabanel before gaining significant attention (and indeed, notoriety) for his gruesome paintings, including "Murder in the Seraglio" (1868).
Vincent Willem van Gogh. Interestingly Vincent Willam was to be the name of his elder stillborn brother.
|In which year was van Gogh born?||Van Gogh
1853. Van Gogh was the eldest of six. He had an older brother who was stillborn.
In his 30's. Van Gogh died at 37. It was a short life filled with talent - but also filled with great physical and emotional pain.
Gunshot wound. After great trials and tribulations in a stormy life, it is believed that Van Gogh shot himself.
|It has often been said that Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime. Which painting was it?||Van Gogh (and Theo)
The Red Vineyards. Al of the choices mentioned are paintings by Van Gog; "Sunflowers" and "Starry Night" are particularly well -known. It was "vineyards", however, that Theo sold (via his gallery) for Vincent.
|One of Van Gogh's early masterpieces showed various people consuming what type of food?||Van Gogh (and Theo)
Potatoes. One of Vincent's early masterpieces is "The Potato Eaters".
|As a young man, Van Gogh lived for a period of time in a poor community, trying to provide assistance to the residents. What type of community was it?||Van Gogh (and Theo)
Coal Mining. Van Gogh tried to help the poor people who lived in a coal mining community; his art often reflects the hard life of these people.
Art Gallery. Theo shared Van Gogh's interest in art and worked in a gallery in Paris.
Minister. Van Gogh's father was a minister; the religious upbringing carried over into Vincent's life. (At one point, he attempted to enter a school of theology.)
|Van Gogh had a particularly close relationship with Theo. Which statement describes Theo accurately?||Van Gogh (and Theo)
He was Van Gogh's younger brother. Vincent was closer to Theo than to any of his other siblings (and, possibly, closer to Theo than to anyone else in his life).
|A short time prior to his birth, Van Gogh's parents endured a great trauma. What was it?||Van Gogh (and Theo)
The death of an infant child. The first child born to the parents, Vincent Van Gogh, was stillborn. The man we know as Vincent Van Gogh was born one year later.
Suicide. Tragically, on July 27, 1890, Vincent shot himself. He took two days to die.
Throughout the years, his younger brother Theo had been his best friend and most loyal supporter. It was Theo who was with him in his final hours.
|Many of the "Sunflower" pictures were painted to decorate the bedroom of Vincent Van Gogh's friend who was staying with him at the time. Who was this friend?||The Life and Art of Vincent van Gogh
Gauguin. Paul Gauguin was a Post-Impressionist painter who heavily influenced Van Gogh. The sunflower was Gauguin's favourite flower.
"Starry Night". "Starry Night" was a picture that Vincent painted when he was in an asylum for the mentally ill. Even though it is considered one of his more famous works, Van Gogh himself wrote that he was disappointed with it, and felt that it wasn't realistic enough.
"Water Lilies " and "Haystacks" are by Monet, and "The Last Supper" is by Leonardo da Vinci.
Antwerp. Vincent only remained at the Academy for a few months due to disagreements with his tutors. For example, he thought that he should be in an advanced drawing class but the tutor felt he wasn't skilled enough, and wanted to move him to the preparatory class.
A young lady. When Vincent was twenty he was living in London, and he fell in love with Eugenie Loyer who was the daughter of his landlady. Eugenie was already engaged at the time, but her rejection profoundly affected him.
The Netherlands. He was born in the Dutch village of Groot-Zunderton on March 30, 1853. He was the eldest of six siblings but his mother, Anna had given birth to a stillborn son, also called Vincent, on March 30, 1852. This was a coincidence that could possibly help to account for Vincent's morbidity later in life.
|At the end of 1889 Van Gogh's health declined even further and on 27 July 1890 he supposedly shot himself with a revolver. His fame had been growing since 1880, but did not come to prominence until after his death. Which of his floral paintings was sold in 1987, becoming one of the most expensive ever paid at the time?||A Delicate Flower Emerging - Van Gogh's Life
Irises. The last years of Vincent van Gogh's life were not very happy. He had been plagued by illness during most of his adult life and at this stage was suffering from hallucinations, leaving him unable to paint frequently. It is said that he shot himself with a revolver on the 27th of July 1890 and was buried in Auvers-sur-Oise. There are also accounts however that suggest he was shot by others in an accident.
"Irises" was painted during his stay at the sanatorium in Saint-Rémy and in 1987 the painting was sold for a record price of 53.9 million dollars.
|In May 1890 he moved to Auvers-sur-Oise to be nearer to his doctor, Dr. Paul Gachet. Van Gogh painted a famous portrait of the doctor in this period. The end of his life was nearing. In the latter years he started using the double square technique. Which avian painting reflects this technique?||A Delicate Flower Emerging - Van Gogh's Life
Wheat Field with Crows. Dr. Gachet was himself a painter and had treated other artists. Van Gogh commented that the doctor appeared to be sicker than he was. He painted a few portraits of Dr. Gachet, reflecting some of the melancholy that van Gogh felt to be characteristic of the man.
In the last part of his life van Gogh started using the double square technique which have unusually large canvasses. An example of this technique can be found in "Wheat Field with Crows". It depicts a very dramatic blue sky with wheat fields filled with crows.
|In May 1889 Van Gogh was admitted to an asylum near Saint-Rémy. Most of his paintings had themes that related to his new environment, such as a painting completed in 1889 showing the view outside his sanitary room. It is considered one of his best works. What is the title of this painting?||A Delicate Flower Emerging - Van Gogh's Life
The Starry Night. The sanitarium in Saint-Rémy was a former monastery. Van Gogh had two small rooms there, one of which he could use as a studio. The topics of his painting were often related to his surroundings, for example "Vestibule of the Asylum".
During this period he painted "The Starry Night", widely regarded as one of his best works. It shows the view outside his sanitary room. Some of his work in this period is very strong in nature, for example "The Round of the Prisoners" from 1890, showing Van Gogh himself as one of the prisoners in the center of the painting.
|In October 1888 his friend Paul Gauguin agreed to come live with Vincent in Arles and work together, but they soon had problems. One night Van Gogh confronted Gauguin with a razor blade. What happened afterwards, reflected later in one of Van Gogh's self portraits?||A Delicate Flower Emerging - Van Gogh's Life
He cut off (part of) his ear. At first the collaboration between Gauguin and Van Gogh was a successful one. They frequently painted together and Gauguin made several portraits of his friend including "The Painter of Sunflowers". However the personalities of Gauguin and Van Gogh often clashed. Things turned sour on the night of the 23rd of December 1888, when Van Gogh confronted him with a razor blade. At this point there is now conjecture as to whether Van Gogh sliced his ear lobe or whether it was Paul Gauguin. In any event Van Gogh fled in panic to a brothel nearby with the ear wrapped up and given to a prostitute named Rachel.
He was taken to hospital and eventually returned to live at the Yellow House in 1889, but still needed frequent treatment. In one of his self portraits from this period he referenced the incident, showing himself with the bandaged ear. It's titled "Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear".
|With increasing illness Van Gogh moved to Arles in the south of France, where he felt at home. One of the paintings reflects the use of colour in the Arles landscape and his own living arrangements. What is the name of this painting?||A Delicate Flower Emerging - Van Gogh's Life
The Yellow House. Vincent arrived in the city of Arles in February 1888. He was amazed by the light and colours of the town and felt like a foreign country. He came to Arles with dreams of starting a utopian colony and for two months he worked with Danish artist Christian Mourier-Petersen. In May 1888 he rented a room in the Yellow House, on Rue Lamartine.
His period in Arles is characterized by the use of rich colours, like yellow, ultramarine and mauve. He completed "The Yellow House" in September 1888. It shows the house with the sun shining down under a clear blue sky and it was in this house where Paul Gauguin came to stay from October 1888.
Agostina Segatori. At the end of 1886 conflicts started arising between Vincent and his brother Theo and it became difficult for them to live together. After a year the brothers patched things up again, but by then Vincent had moved to Asnières in the northwestern part of Paris. At the end of 1887 Vincent became friends with Paul Gauguin, who had just arrived in Paris.
One of the paintings Van Gogh made in this period was called "Agostina Segatori Sitting in the Café du Tambourin". The painting shows Agostina sitting at a table, a theme introduced by impressionist painters.
|In March 1886 Van Gogh moved to Paris to live with his brother Theo. He was further inspired by Japanese art during this period. In 1887 one of his works was a three part series of paintings of a Parisian art dealer who sold his works. What was the painting called?||A Delicate Flower Emerging - Van Gogh's Life
Portrait of Père Tanguy. His move to Paris marked a change for Vincent van Gogh, finding new influences for his work. He stayed at the apartment of his brother Theo and studied at the studio of Fernand Cormon, a French painter. At this this time he collected more Japanese art, being influenced by painters like Hiroshige and Eisen.
In 1887 he created three paintings featuring Julien Tanguy, an art dealer from Paris, affectionately known as Père Tanguy. Tanguy was one of the first to actually sell the work of Van Gogh. One of the paintings "Portrait of Père Tanguy" shows Japanese images in the background. In the background you can see Mount Fuji and several Kabuki actors.
|At the end of 1885 Van Gogh moved to Antwerp. He did not have much money. His health started to deteriorate in this period, as he did not take very good care of himself. One of the self portraits he painted in 1886, shows him with one of his bad habits. What is the item shown in the self portrait?||A Delicate Flower Emerging - Van Gogh's Life
Pipe. The time that Van Gogh spent in Antwerp was not a happy time. He lived in a small room above an art shop in the Rue of Images (Lange Beeldekensstraat in Dutch). He received support from his brother Theo, but he bought mostly paint supplies, hardly eating proper meals and smoking excessively. He also developed a fondness for absinthe. One of the self portraits he made in 1886, reflects his love of smoking, it is aptly called "Self Portrait with Pipe".
In this time period Vincent starting studying the works of painter Peter-Paul Rubens and was also inspired by Japanese art.
|At the end of 1883 he moved back in with his parents. In the same period he completed a painting that is generally considered to be one of the first major works. What was the name of this painting?||A Delicate Flower Emerging - Van Gogh's Life
The Potato Eaters. In 1882 Van Gogh had been working with his cousin-in-law Anton Mauve. They parted ways later, apparently because of the friendship Vincent had with a prostitute called Sien. Vincent left Sien in 1883 and after living in the province of Drenthe, moved back to his parents in Nuenen.
In Nuenen he continued developing his art. In March 1885 his father died of a heart attack, which deeply saddened Vincent. In August of that year he completed a painting, that is considered to be one of his first major works of art. It was called "The Potato Eaters" and was the result of a series of character studies that he had done about peasant life. Van Gogh identified with the life of the working class, and he tried to paint the peasants as they really were.