Van Gogh Prints

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Van Gogh prints (Dutch, 1853-90) are the top selling posters in the world. Ironic, because Van Gogh sold only one painting before he committed suicide at the age of 37. His short, troubled, and tragic life epitomizes the legend of the mad genius.

Fraught by a religious fervor and a sense of uselessness because of never-ending bouts of depression and multiple anxieties, Van Gogh found trouble living in the world. Rejected by employers, women, and even the Church, Van Gogh's closest friend and confidante was his brother Theo. To Theo, he wrote beautiful letters filled with passing enthusiasm and joy when he felt accepted or inspired by a new idea, or agonized missives of despair and loneliness.

10 years before his death, Van Gogh joined Theo in Paris. Though previously an enormous fan of the socially conscious works of Millet, while in Paris he was befriended by the great Impressionist Pisarro. Pisarro kindly encouraged him to use a more colorful palette and so contributed enormously to Van Gogh's art. Though he made friends with both Pisarro and Gaugin in Paris, he felt guilty over his constant imposition on Theo's life and returned to relative isolation in Arles. It was here that the first attacks of dementia took place, resulting in the self-mutilation of his ear.

Van Gogh Prints: Starry Nights and Sunflowers

Van Gogh prints are filled with swirling brushstrokes of intense primary colors. The top selling Van Gogh prints in the world are "Sunflowers" and "Wheatfields." However, it is the considered opinion that his most poignant image is that of the Church at Auvers: rich in color, the church seems welcoming. However, it's a misleading image: there is no door to the church, and so for Mr. Van Gogh, no way into its haven.


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