By Alejandra Gonzalez
Vincent Willem van Gogh, a post-impressionist painter, whose work, notable for its beauty, emotion, and color, highly influenced 20th-century art. Yet, not many know of uncommon facts from this iconic post-impressionist.
- Astonishing amount of paintings in less than 10 years
From November 1881 – July 1890, van Gogh produced nearly 900 paintings. At the age of 27, he abandoned his unsuccessful careers as an art dealer to concentrate on his paintings and drawings. His muses consisted of peasants, farmers, flowers, landscapes, and himself because he was too poor to pay his subjects.
- Unsuccessful life
Van Gogh didn’t achieve fame from his paintings in his lifetime and constantly struggled with poverty. He sold only one painting while he was alive: The Red Vineyard which went for 400 francs (about 400 U.S. dollars) in Belgium, seven months before his death. His most expensive painting Portrait of Dr. Gachet was sold for $148.6 million in 1990.
- His most famous painting was created in an asylum
Starry Night, his well-known art piece, was painted in an asylum at Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France. He voluntarily admitted himself to recover from his 1888 nervous breakdown that led to him cutting his own ear off. The painting depicts the view from his bedroom window. It has been part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection since 1941.