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Van Gogh's Youth (00:57)


Van Gogh, born in 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands, showed early artistic talent, but he chose a career in the Church like his father.

Missionary in a Mining Region (01:15)

In 1879, Van Gogh lived like the miners and began to sketch his surroundings.

Church Sacks Van Gogh (01:31)

Penniless, Van Gogh turned to his brother Theo, who supported Van Gogh as he traveled, painted and finally settled in The Hague.

Van Gogh Leaves The Hague (01:37)

Van Gogh struggled with depression and hunger until Theo convinced him to leave his lover and return to the family in Nuenen, where he set up his studio.

"The Potato Eaters" (02:04)

Van Gogh's first major oil painting gives an honest and unsentimental depiction of peasant life.

Paris (1886-1888) (02:27)

Van Gogh moved to Antwerp, and then to Paris where he was inspired by the Impressionists. He began to break up his brushstrokes and use lighter colors.

"The Yellow House" (03:01)

In Arles from 1888 to 1889, Van Gogh painted landscapes and the yellow house where he lived with bright colors and thick paint.

"Bedroom in Arles'" (01:30)

With thick paint and vibrant colors, Van Gogh paints his bedroom. The tilting walls and furniture echoes a Japanese style.

"Sunflowers" (02:20)

Van Gogh began to have seizures and hallucinations that doctors initially believed to be epilepsy. For Gauguin's visit, Van Gogh decorated the room with sunflower paintings.

"Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear" (01:54)

Van Gogh cut his ear after a fight with Gauguin- as shown in one of his 40 self-portraits. He became a voluntary patient at an asylum in Saint-Remy where he continued to paint.

"Starry Night" (01:32)

Painted while in the asylum, Van Gogh’s work impressed artists in Paris. Van Gogh left the asylum for Auvers-sur-Oise where he painted landscapes and wheat fields

"Wheatfield with Crows" (02:06)

Van Gogh's last great work marks the site of his suicide, two weeks after finishing the painting. Although Van Gogh lived a tortured life, he is a cultural legend.

Credits: Van Gogh: Great Artists (Series 1) (00:28)

Credits: Van Gogh: Great Artists (Series 1)

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Vincent van Gogh is perhaps the most mythologized artist in the history of art and his tragic life is ingrained in the popular imagination. Active as an artist for only ten years he completed 1,250 paintings before succumbing to mental illness and taking his own life in July of 1890. Van Gogh was a deeply spiritual man and began painting after witnessing the desperate poverty of the agricultural communities of Holland and Belgium. He developed a highly individualistic visual style, and strived to develop an expressive language more direct than that of his artistic predecessors. Although he sold only one painting during his lifetime, his enormous rise to fame after his death means that today his are among the most cherished paintings of all the great artists. Works featured in this program include The Potato-Eaters, Sunflowers, Vincent's House in Arles, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, The Starry Night, and Wheat Field with Crows.

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL59668

ISBN: 978-1-60057-354-5

Copyright date: ©2002

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