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Cornelius 1 Kayla Cornelius Professor James Bursenos ART 111 2 December 2018 Vincent Van Gogh Vincent Van Gogh was one of the most impacting artists to this day. Van Gogh was born March 30, 1853, in the Brabant village of Zundert. His father was a Protestant minister which put Vincent onto the same path in later years. July 29, 1890 (37), Vincent killed himself with a gun because he was mentally sick and very lonely. Before he died, he created three paintings of wheat fields under rough skies which represented sadness and severe loneliness. Vincent Van Gogh wrote a letter to his brother and sister-in-law, Theo and Jo, about the paintings and about his wild depression. In the early years of Van Gogh’s life, he was not all that into drawing and he dropped out of secondary school halfway through but still acquired the knowledge of other languages. After dropping out of school, Vincent’s uncle found him a job as a trainee at Goupil and Cie in Brussels, which was an international art dealer. Van Gogh and his younger brother Theo both worked for Goupil in 1873 but Vincent was transferred soon after to the dealer’s branch in London. While Vincent was in London, he would visit many famous art museums and galleries. The British Museum and the National Gallery had many works that he admired, and he was especially fond of ‘peasant painters’ like Francois Millet. “He also read everything from museum guides and magazines to literature and poetry.” In 1875, Vincent transferred over to Paris where he started to get into religion and reading the Bible. Later he was dismissed from his job at the
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Cornelius 2 art firm because he started to lose interest in it, but he still loved art. He soon became a schoolmaster, bookseller, and a minister (Van Gogh's Life, 1853–1890).
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