Vincent Van Gogh, Roses, 1890

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Vincent Van Gogh, Roses, 1890, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York
Vincent Van Gogh, born on March 30th, 1853, in Zundert, Netherlands! Perhaps one of the most famous of post-impressionism artists, Van Gogh’s professional career wasn’t nearly as prolific during his life as his legacy is today. During his life Vincent has sold only ONE painting, The Red Vineyard at Arles, executed during his sudden artistic rush while residing in Arles, south of France, in 1888. During his stay in Arles, however, Van Gogh was miserably lonely. The provincial residents of Arles didn’t quiet know how to deal with this out of place Dutchman, and Van Gogh didn’t really know how to communicate with his French neighbors. At this time, Van Gogh convinced another painter, Paul Gaguin, to come and visit him at his Arles studio. During said visit, Van Gogh and Gaguin got into a rather large argument, supposedly over art and its inspiration, and while threatening Gaguin with a rasor, in the heat of the argument Van Gogh sliced off part of his own ear, and, while it is vastly believed that the artist sent it to his love interest, Vincent actually went off to a brothel to present it to his favorite prostitute! If he wasn’t found the next day by the police, who followed a trail of his blood to his studio, Van Gogh would have surely died. Pictured here is Vincent Van Gogh, Roses, 1890, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York
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