Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh Dutch: [ˈvɪnsɛnt ˈʋɪləm vɑn ˈɣɔx]; (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work had far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes, still lifes, olive trees and cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. Critics largely ignored his work until after his presumed suicide in 1890. His short life, expressive and spontaneous use of vivid colours, broad oil brushstrokes and emotive subject matter, mean he is recognisable in the public imagination as the quintessential misunderstood genius. Van Gogh was born to religious upper middle class parents. He was driven as an adult by a strong sense of purpose, but was also thoughtful and intellectual; he was equally aware of modernist currents in art, music and literature. He was well travelled and spent several years in his 20s working f... More

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Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

Vincent Van Gogh #Best #God

The best way to know God is to love many things.
Vincent Van Gogh #Best #God

But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
Vincent Van Gogh #Courage

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent Van Gogh #Experience #Nature

I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.
Vincent Van Gogh #Faith

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
Vincent Van Gogh #God #Power

I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create.
Vincent Van Gogh #Good

A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.
Vincent Van Gogh #Great

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh #Great

In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.
Vincent Van Gogh #Imagination

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination do not become the slave of your model.
Vincent Van Gogh #Knowledge

Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.
Vincent Van Gogh #Love

The way to know life is to love many things.
Vincent Van Gogh #Love

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
Vincent Van Gogh #Love

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
Vincent Van Gogh #Men

If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?
Vincent Van Gogh #Men

An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.
Vincent Van Gogh #Nature #Religion

When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
Vincent Van Gogh #Nature

It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.
Vincent Van Gogh #Poetry

Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
Vincent Van Gogh #Art

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 #Work

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
Vincent Van Gogh #Work

One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
Vincent Van Gogh #Faith #God

I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed.
Vincent Van Gogh #Great

There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.
Vincent Van Gogh #Imagination #Knowledge

Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.