Vincent Van Gogh Paintings
Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) created almost 2100 works of art in his short career, most of which were produced in his last two years. His paintings include a collection of self-portraits, landscapes and still lifes, famed for their bold and dramatic brushstrokes.
It is impossible to talk of Van Gogh and not mention The Starry Night (1889) and Sunflowers (1888), two of his iconic masterpieces. One look at The Starry Night is enough to make you visit France, solely to gaze at the night sky with Van Gogh’s perspective.
It's safe to call Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) one of the most narcissistic artists, thanks to his staggering collection of self-portraits. However, to reduce his artistry to a single genre would be quite unfair. Van Gogh paintings are world famous for bringing seemingly simple and inanimate objects to life. Today, having a Van Gogh artwork is like owning a treasure. There are a total of 2000 Vincent Van Gogh artworks including 900 paintings and 1100 sketches and drawings. His artistic career spread across 10 years and interestingly, most of Van Gogh famous paintings were created in the last two years of his life.
Vincent Van Gogh paintings are famous today because of their ethereal beauty. However, it's interesting to note that some of Van Gogh most famous paintings were conceived by him in a troubled state of mind. Works like The Starry Night and Wheatfield with Cypresses are some of the Van Gogh famous paintings created during his stay in an asylum. The Dutch painter was considered as one of the most influential figures of the Expressionism movement. He was also seen as one of the greatest Post-Impressionist artists. Born in the Netherlands, his father was a pastor and he had six siblings. His career as an artist began in 1880 and in the first four years, Vincent Van Gogh artworks were restricted mostly to watercolours and drawings. He began his journey by drawing at the Brussels Academy and then moved to his father’s parsonage in the Netherlands. Here, he was inspired by nature and, perhaps, this was the beginning of Vincent Van Gogh landscape paintings.
Since Van Gogh had never received any formal training in art, his desire to gain more skills and technical knowledge made him seek out fellow artists for guidance. In the latter half of 1881, he worked with Anton Mauve in The Hague. By 1882, he had slowly moved to oil paintings and in 1883, he decided to spend more time in nature and moved to Drenthe. Here, he was frequently visited by Mauve and other artists. Some of the earliest Van Gogh paintings were inspired by this community of people that helped him hone his skills as an upcoming artist. He was greatly inspired by Peter Paul Rubens and even visited Belgium where he could spend more time studying his works. Ruben’s uniqueness stemmed from his ability to express a certain feeling or mood through the use of certain colour combinations. This would eventually become a major influence on Vincent Van Gogh paintings and his artistic style
He was briefly enrolled in the Antwerp Academy but left within three months due to a clash of ideas and his refusal to follow their rules. Post this, he joined his brother Theo in Paris, who introduced him to artists like Georges Seurrat, Camille Pissarro and other impressionists who went on to influence, what we know today as, some of the greatest Vincent Van Gogh paintings. He had always shunned tradition and sought to find his own voice in the world of art. If you go through all the Vincent Gogh paintings created between 1886 and 1888, there’s a distinct change in his style. He started following a personal and unique brushwork and stronger colour palette and this is quite evident in Vincent Van Gogh artworks, especially the Van Gogh landscape paintings, as we know them today. A celebrated Vincent Van gogh self portrait: Self-Portrait in Front of the Easel and the Portrait of Père Tanguy were products of the artist finding his own creative voice on canvas.
In the fall of 1888, Paul Gauguin moved to Arles in Paris, upon Van Gogh’s insistence. His aim was to start an artists’ colony with Gauguin at the helm of affairs, mentoring everyone like him. He often referred to him as “master” and greatly valued Gauguin’s opinion of Van Gogh paintings. Gauguin was also influenced by Van Gogh as the two spent nine weeks together. One of the most famous Paul Gauguin art pieces from this time was The Painter of Sunflowers. This was a portrait of Van Gogh and highlighted his focussed gaze on the canvas. During this period, he produced a large body of work for which he is revered till date, like the famous Van Gogh landscape paintings and a series of Vincent Van Gogh self portrait. However, their styles of working and temperaments were quite different. After an altercation with Gauguin, Van Gogh cut off a part of his ear, wrapped it up and gave it to a woman he frequented in a brothel, leaving her screaming with trepidation. Gauguin spent that night in a hotel and left Paris the next day. A few days later, the famous Vincent Van Gogh self portrait named Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe was created. Not long after this, he was admitted to a mental asylum in Saint-Rémy de Provence where the greatest of Van Gogh most famous paintings were conceived.
He spent a year at the asylum and a lot of Van Gogh paintings created here eventually became masterpieces. Some of Van Gogh most famous paintings created during this period are Garden of the Asylum, The Starry Night, Cypresses, Olive Trees, portraits of doctors, etc. Overwhelmed by a sense of despair and loneliness, he shot himself in 1890 and died two days later in Paris. Despite having made so many paintings, only one Van Gogh artwork was sold in his lifetime:The Red Vineyard. The Poplars at Saint-Rémy Painting by Vincent Van Gogh Framed fine art print and Vincent Van Gogh’s Cypresses (1889) Painting were created during his stay at the asylum in Saint-Rémy de Provence. Apart from these famous Van Gogh landscape paintings, he also specialized in painting stellar portraits like La Mousme (1888) Painting by Vincent Van Gogh, The Postman painting by Van Gogh and Vincent Van Gogh’s Girl in White Painting Framed Fine art print. We also have a great collection of Vincent Van Gogh self portrait including artworks like Self -Portrait with a Straw Hat Painting by Vincent Van Gogh, Self-Portrait Painting by Vincent Van Gogh and Vincent Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait Painting where he is dressed in a dark blazer with an intense gaze. With continuous exposure to natural light for a long time, these paintings may lose their natural lustre. However, at Bimba, we bring you high quality framed Giclee prints which retain their shine, thanks to exceptional ink quality and museum-grade paper. Further, each print comes framed in an acrylic plexiglass which produces minimal glare, so even the sun doesn’t shine brighter than your artwork!