Almond Blossoms 1890
Can you identify this very well-known artist based on some of his lesser known work?
A Pair of Shoes 1887
Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette 1885-86
or from his photograph taken at the age of 13?
Need more clues?
He was Dutch…born in the Netherlands to upper middle-class parents…
he worked for a firm of art dealers as a young adult…
he had aspirations to become a pastor and for a short time worked as a missionary in Belgium…
Still Life with a Basket of Vegetables 1885
I am certainly no art expert and was not familiar with this artist’s work except for what he is best remembered for, so it was something of a surprise when I came across paintings that I would never have guessed were his.
Le Moulin de Blute-Fin 1886
This artist spoke several languages, lived in Paris and southern France, was an associate of Gauguin, and was friends with Impressionist painter, Toulouse Lautrec.
The Old Mill 1888
He may be remembered as much for his tragic personal life as for his work as an artist. If I add that he drank too much absinthe, was an excessive smoker, may have suffered from syphilis, had hallucinations and psychotic episodes, was hospitalized several times for mental illness, cut off his ear (or part of his ear), and shot himself at the age of 37 and died of his wound, you may recognize this artist.
Certainly, you will most likely recognize the painting he is most famous for.
The Starry Night 1889
Portrait of Vincent van Gogh by Toulouse Lautrec. 1887
Starry Night Over the Rhone 1888
For more information about the work and life of Vincent van Gogh click here.