In 1886, Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) spent the summer and autumn in Paris, creating more than 30 pieces, including “Poppies,” to hone his use of color and neo-Impressionist theory. Despite a tragic, tumultuous and impoverished life, Van Gogh remarkably accessed a wellspring of love for nature and beauty that he celebrated in his art. Unacknowledged during his lifetime, Van Gogh’s vast, inventive body of work has elevated him to one of the most influential artists of the last century.
The brilliant artwork of post-Impressionist Dutch Master Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) powerfully impacted countless artistic movements. Producing all of his works within a decade, Van Gogh’s output in just one year totaled 150 paintings and drawings. Van Gogh painted outdoors with a special talent for capturing the subtleties of nighttime light and shadow. He suffered from lifelong bouts with mental illness yet created many of his masterpieces while institutionalized. Selling only one painting during his lifetime, Van Gogh has endured as one of the last century’s most influential artists.