Today, Vincent van Gogh is known for his talent as a painter. According to biographers, Vincent showed little creative potential as a child. It’s also noted that Vincent had a “well-respected art teacher” but he didn’t show much creativity as a painter until much later in life. Even so, Vincent continued to draw and eventually decided he wanted to become an artist.
Flash-forward 147 years, from the time this black and white photograph was taken, his creative talent is greatly appreciated. With a collection of 2,100 artworks, 860 oil paintings, 1,300 watercolors, prints, drawings, sketches, self portraits, still lifes, landscapes and more, you are bound to fall in love with his work.
A Unique Artist
Although Vincent’s childhood was difficult, and his living conditions were not the best, he became a unique artist. In his paintings he shows a great deal of emotion and a feeling of movement, noticeable by his bold and dramatic brush strokes. Vincent is also unique due to the speed in which he completed a piece of artwork, one painting per day, toward the end of his artistic career. (Artble. 2013)
To learn more about Vincent and his art visit: Van Gogh Gallery
To better understand Vincent van Gogh’s work, notice each painting deeply and reflect on the following points by writing what comes to mind. Click on the paintings for clues to the questions.
- Where do you believe these paintings take place? (paintings setting)
- In what country can these painting be found on display today?
- What emotions do these paintings reveal?
- If you could step into and spend a day inside of one of these paintings, which painting would it be? Explain your choice.
Talent: natural abilities or qualities.
Oil on Canvas: a painting done in oil paints. The art or practice of painting with oils.