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Unformatted text preview: Van Gogh was a professional failure during his lifetime. Although enormously respected by fellow artists and exhibited in several shows, in his brief but dynamic ten-year career as an artist, he sold very few paintings to someone other than his brother. The public was almost entirely disinterested in the man who we now consider a genius–outside a small circle of artists, critics, friends, doctors, and family members, he was virtually unknown and unrecognized as anything other than a lonely and ridiculous madman, a failure at every enterprise he pursued so vigorously. To understand the tremendous impact Van Gogh's work and life have had on art history and the modern cultural conception of "the artist," it is important first to examine the artistic and cultural environment with which he was acquainted and his relation to post- Impressionism, the period with which he is most closely associated. Of all the Impressionism, the period with which he is most closely associated....
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course ART 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
- Fall '11