Who was Vincent van Gogh?
Vincent van Gogh was born in 1853 in Zundert, North Brabant. He only became an artist at the age of 27. He previously worked as a clerk in an art dealership, schoolmaster, Bible salesman, assistant pastor, and evangelist. He taught himself the basics of drawing and painting. In the first years, he painted in Brabant and Drenthe, where he was inspired by peasant life. In 1885 he moved to Antwerp, where he briefly attended the academy. At the end of 1886, Vincent moved in with his brother Theo in Paris. He supported him financially and morally. In the southern French Arles, he found his expressive, dynamic painting style in strong colours. Vincent van Gogh died in 1890, after a turbulent life.