Vincent Van Gogh

(Vincent Willem van Gogh)

Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh
  • Born: March 30, 1853
  • Died: July 29, 1890
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Profession: Artist

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Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. However, he was not commercially successful and his suicide at 37 followed years of mental illness and poverty.

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A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.
An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.
As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed. Life
But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
Conscience is a man's compass.
Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. Nature
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?
I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed. Religion & God
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream. Nature
I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.
I wish they would only take me as I am.
If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?
If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things. Time
If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.
It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures. Nature
Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
One must work and dare if one really wants to live. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion. Religion & God
Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul. Life
Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. Literature, Writers & Writing
The best way to know God is to love many things. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The way to know life is to love many things. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There is no blue without yellow and without orange.
There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.
Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? Life

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