Vincent van Gogh- 5 Fun Facts!

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Revered as one of the most famous and influential figures in art history, Vincent van Gogh lived a peculiar life. Within three of the Art in Action programs — Art Around the World, The Artist’s Vision, and Perspective in Art — students explore van Gogh’s work and contribution to the post-impressionist era of art.

Students are encouraged to examine van Gogh’s artistic style, analyze his use of art to express emotions, and are motivated to sketch their own artworks with inspiration from van Gogh himself. By teaching children about van Gogh and his work, students are further motivated to participate in discussions that conceptualize key elements within an arts education.

Here are five facts about Vincent van Gogh you may not know!

He started painting at the age of 27

Van Gogh did not start painting until he was 27. The work of this legendary painter is a great example that it’s never too late to follow our dreams! Following a series of failed career attempts, van Gogh began his artistic journey.

He only sold 1 painting in his lifetime

Van Gogh only sold one painting, The Red Vineyard, when he was alive. He sold the painting to another impressionist painter, Anna Boch, for 400 Francs (equivalent to about $1,000 today). It was not until after his death that van Gogh became famous.

He was a prolific artist

Many of van Gogh’s paintings were produced in the decade before his death at the age of 37. In that time, van Gogh created over 900 paintings — about 4 art pieces a week!

He painted his most famous painting, Starry Night, in an insane asylum

During the spring of 1889, van Gogh admitted himself to the Saint-Remy-de-Provence insane asylum. Over the course of the next year, van Gogh designed many iconic paintings from his cell. His most famous painting, Starry Night, was the scene from outside his barred window.


He was a selfie king

Although the selfie is a recent term, some argue that van Gogh was the king of post-impressionistic selfies. Many of his masterpieces were self-portraits – having painted over 40 of them between 1886 and 1889. When he began painting, he used objects, landscapes, and his own reflection to paint because he was too poor to pay for models.




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