Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous and influential painters in history. His life, art, and tragically short career have left an indelible mark on the art world. Here is a brief account of his life.

Early Life

Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in Zundert, Netherlands. He was the eldest son of a Dutch Reformed Church pastor. His mother was also from an established family in the art world.

At school, Vincent showed little interest in academics but had a keen eye for drawing. When he left school at the age of 16, he took up work with his Uncle's art dealership firm.


Van Gogh decided to become an artist after being dismissed from his job at his uncle's firm due to quarrels with clients over paintings' authenticity.

Van Gogh devoted himself to painting day and night. However, during his lifetime as an artist (1880-1890), he only sold one painting - 'The Red Vineyard'.

Although Van Gogh enjoyed frequent encounters with fellow artists such as Paul Gaugin and Camille Pissarro and acquired many supporters among contemporary artists while they worked together in Paris developing impressionism; he remained relatively unknown as an artist throughout his short lifespan.

In total Van Gogh created around 2,100 artworks consisting largely of oil paintings that are now renowned worldwide.The vivid colors given by him on canvas became classics that influenced modern art considerably even beyond his passing.He used vibrant colors depicting post-impressionists.

Struggles & Tragic End

Throughout much of Vincent's life ,he struggled with mental illness which hindered him from continuing the external stimuli befitting creativity.

Vincent died prematurely by suicide on July 29th , 1890 after having experienced depression along with periods of hallucinations,and cutting off part of his own ear due to a fierce quarrel with his artist friend.


Vincent van Gogh's brief career as an artist resulted in him being regarded amongst the greatest post-impressionist artists today. His work famously depicted both beauty and pain intertwined: he captured deep emotion in his portraits, landscapes, and even still-life scenes through striking use of marks and colors. He was artistic pioneer who found ways of channelling what’s on inside outly .