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"I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."

– Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh’s stormy love affairs and family struggles allowed him to translate strong emotions into outstanding artworks which continue to inspire people around the world today.

Vincent van Gogh only painted during the last ten years of his life, and yet he is still celebrated as one of the most influential artists in Western art. Consuming colors and sumptuous swirls are what make van Gogh’s painfully painterly pieces of art stand out. By adding emotion and a feeling of movement to his works, the Dutch artist’s dramatic brushstrokes really succeeded in bringing his paintings to life.

“No matter what people say; we painters work better in the country, everything there speaks more clearly, everything holds firm, everything explains itself...”

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."

– Vincent van Gogh

Scenic landscapes, sunflowers, wheat fields, country roads and starry nights - Vincent van Gogh saw nature and art as inseparably linked. Nowhere did he find as much inspiration, peace and solace as in nature.

Changing Perceptions

Perhaps just as fascinating as the artist himself is the story of the work behind the scenes … After van Gogh and his brother Theo died, the latter’s widow, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, at her late husband’s request, fought to rebuild van Gogh’s then poor reputation. She built up professional relationships with art critics and gallery owners, and galleries started to feature his paintings in exhibitions. Her efforts thus contributed greatly to van Gogh’s posthumous fame and popularity.