Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 — 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted (although no gun was ever found). His work was then known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still.
Van Gogh began to draw as a child, and he continued to draw throughout the years that led up to his decision to become an artist. He did not begin painting until his late twenties, completing many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. 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, portraits and paintings of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers.
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” ? Vincent van Gogh
“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” ? Vincent van Gogh
“I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.” ? Vincent van Gogh
“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” ? Vincent van Gogh
“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
“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” ? Vincent van Gogh
“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” ? Vincent van Gogh
“I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.” ? Vincent van Gogh
“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.” ? Vincent van Gogh
“What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.” ? Vincent van Gogh
“It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.” ? Vincent van Gogh
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” ? Vincent van Gogh