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Vincent Van Gogh
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Birth Date:March 30, 1853
Astrology Sign:Aries
Chinese Sign: -
Birth Name:Vincent Willem van Gogh
Birth Place:Groot-Zundert, Netherlands
Died Date:July 27, 1890


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Vincent Van Gogh

Biography:Vincent Van Gogh

"Van Gogh" redirects here. For other uses, see Van Gogh (disambiguation). Vincent Willem van Gogh Self-portrait (1886). Born: March 30, 1853 Zundert, Netherlands Died: July 29, 1890 Auvers-sur-Oise, France Occupation: Painter Vincent Willem van Gogh listen (help·info) (March 30, 1853-July 29, 1890) was a Dutch painter, classified as a Post-Impressionist, and is generally considered one of the greatest painters in the history of European art. His work shows the objects, people and places in his life with bold, usually distorted, draughtsmanship and visible dotted or dashed brushmarks, which are intensely yet subtly coloured.

He is popularly known as much for his embodiment of the myth of the tortured romantic artist as for his work, which is seen as the visual expression of his life. Three of the most widespread myths about him are that he cut off his ear (it was only the lobe), that he killed himself because no one recognized his talent (in the last six months of his life he received generous accolades which he found very disturbing), and that he painted as he did because he was mad (he painted during his lucid periods).

He produced all of his work (some 900 paintings and 1100 drawings) during the ten year period before he committed suicide. Most of his best-known work was produced in the final two years of his life. In the two months before his death he painted 90 pictures.

He was afflicted with increasingly recurrent periods of mental ill health, spending time in a sanatorium. His state of mind was not helped by overwork (especially as he did much of it outside in the hot sun), bad dietary habits, and dependence on tobacco, coffee, and alcohol. It is widely believed he suffered from a severe case of bipolar disorder. His career was cut short too early for him to reap success during his lifetime; his fame then grew slowly, helped by the devoted promotion of it by his widowed sister-in-law. A major show of 71 paintings was held in Paris eleven years after his death.

Grouped by critics with the Post-Impressionists, a pioneer of what came to be known as Expressionism, Van Gogh has had an enormous influence on 20th century art, especially in the early part of the century, when many paintings of the Fauves and German Expressionists, particularly Die Brücke are highly derivative. His energetic approach to the painted surface follows a lineage to the Abstract Expressionism of Willem de Kooning and beyond.

His brother Theo, who worked at the art dealers Goupil & Cie, was a central part of Vincent's life, continually providing financial support. Their lifelong friendship is documented in the large collection of letters they exchanged from August 1872 onwards. These letters provide much insight into the life of the painter, and show him to be a talented writer with a keen mind.

In Dutch, the name Gogh is pronounced or , the latter especially in North Brabant, where he was born; however common pronunciations used in English include , , and . Using the Dutch pronunciation for this School of Paris painter was once a popular affectation. Writers do refer to him as "Vincent" with some justification, for he made that his signature.

Achievements: (Filmography)
Lust for Life (1956)

Personality and Character Cards:
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Vincent Van Gogh's Personality Tarot Card The Hierophant - Personality Card

Birthday: March 30, 1853

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.

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Vincent Van Gogh's Growth Tarot Card The Chariot

Birthday: March 30, 2017

A struggle or conflict, yet strong potential for triumph over adversity.




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