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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gogh, Vincent van


Self Portrait with felt Hat
1887–1888
oil on canvas
44 × 37,5 cm
Musée van Gogh, Amsterdam
http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/

Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Dutch post-Impressionist painter, loved art from an early age. He began to draw as a child, and he continued making drawings throughout the years leading to his decision to become an artist.
He did not begin painting until his late twenties, completing many of his best-known works during his last two years. In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, consisting of 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints.
His work included self portraits, landscapes, still lifes of flowers, portraits and paintings of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers.
After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died at the age of 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted.
The extent to which his mental health affected his painting has been a subject of speculation since his death. According to an art critic, his late works show an artist at the height of his ability, completely in control and "longing for concision and grace".
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