Van Gogh Posters

Vincent van Gogh created over 800 paintings and numerous watercolors, drawings and sketches, there are over 2,000 pieces of art attributed to him. Interestingly enough though it is believed that he only sold 1 painting during his lifetime, a painting titled Red Vineyard at Arles. It’s hard to believe that an artist whose works are so sought after today was not appreciated in his time. Today Van Gogh’s paintings are highly prized and nearly impossible for the common person to own. Even if you had thousands of dollars to spend on a painting you would fall well short of the high price tags common with Van Gogh works. Even with …..

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Van Gogh’s Relationship with Alcohol

Vincent van Gogh drank alcohol to excess; more specifically he drank the potent liquor absinthe, also known as “the green fairy,” which was believed to cause delirium and hallucinations. Absinthe was also believed to cause a drinker to see yellow hue around objects, which some say can be seen in paintings such as Starry Night. However, more recent research has shown that the amount of absinthe consumed would need to be quite substantial to reach this effect, so this was probably not the explanation for Van Gogh’s yellows. The drinking of absinthe was quite common amongst the artist crowd of Van Gogh’s time, so his consumption of the beverage was …..

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Van Gogh’s Saint-Remy Olive Trees

Van Gogh spent a year living in the asylum at Saint Remy de Provence. Though it was a turbulent time in his life it was a very prolific one artistically. Van Gogh created numerous paintings, frequently turning his attention to the land outside the asylum. During this time he created a series of at least 15 paintings of olive trees. Van Gogh found beauty in the olive trees, he wrote to Theo at the end of April, 1889 and said, “Oh, my dear Theo, if you saw the olives just now…The leaves, old silver and silver turning to green against the blue. And the orange-coloured ploughed earth. It is something …..

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