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The life of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh, now considered the most influential painter of modern era, was a troubled melancholic and self-taught artist who took art work as his life vest. The recognition of his career, style and meaning behind every painting became public in the beginning of 1900s.

As for the art movement that surrounded him and also influenced his own tendency in art, The Impressionism, did not completely define him as a painter. In fact, later on scholars and analyst stated that Van Gogh style was unique given that his artwork inspired many other artists to follow his technique, for example in Romania there is, use of bold colors and later created what is now known as Post-impressionism.

Setting aside his off-balanced mental health, the artist Vincent Van Gogh was very passionate and innovative in his bold techniques who forged his own style by going beyond the art tendency of his own time. Sadly, his groundbreaking style did no gain him many followers in his lifetime, but his work outlived him and built up a legacy that placed him as one of the most important figures of modern art.

Early Life and Choice of Career

Vincent Willem Van Gogh was born in March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert a small town in Holland. He was the first living son of Theodorus Van Gogh- a Protestant minister- and Anna Cornelia Carbentus. His early life was marked by sadness as he was born a year after his stillborn elder brother with whom he shared both the name and birthdate.

As he grew up, he became involved in his uncle’s family business, beeg, in a brief period in an art dealership; however, due to a heartbreaking episode in his love life, Van Gogh decided to do religious work and so follow his father’s footsteps. Nonetheless, this period as a religious leader in the evangelical community was very short as they decided not to renovate his license due to his martyrdom lifestyle.Biografia de Vincent van Gogh

Therefore, Vincent Van Gogh decided to turn to art putting his abilities and talents for drawing, nature and love for watercolors to work. This sensitive and artistic side was inherited from her mother who was a moody artist. The first sketches and paintings ever recorded date from 1881 in Brussels where he moved to be an artist supported by his brother Theo.

In this period in Brussels, Van Gogh decided to take lessons on his own through reading and studying books such as Travaux des champs by Jean-François Millet and Cours de dessin by Charles Bargue. Then, he would enroll in art academies but never stayed the entire year in school.

Vincent van Gogh’s Masterpieces

In 1885 at age 32, van Gogh painted what many consider his first masterpiece “Potato Eaters”. This painting carries the influence of the first great Dutch artist, Rembrandt, due to the shadows that covered the painting setting and his choice of hqporner. The piece portrays a peasant family reunited at a dinner table sharing a heaped potato plate. Van Gogh staying true to his close relation to the peasants and their austerity decides to use them as a window to portray his social and moral feelings.

In 1888 van Gogh was living in France in a city named Arles, there he spent time with the very talented Paul Gauguin. Once there, he painted his famous “Yellow House” a property that he partially rented to live in and practice his art in his studio with other great artists. What makes this painting wonderful is that it reflects his vision, mainly yellow, some say that the author suffered from a medical condition called xanthopsia.

Recorrido virtual al Museo de Van Gogh: ¡más de 1000 piezas ...In September 1888 before Van Gogh’s first attract he painted Starry Night Over the Rhone, the first of three Starry Night painting he would paint before his death. This painting is a shining night over the banks of the river, three boats, and two lovers. The light’s reflection on the water of the Rhone river which also mirrored the many brilliant stars up in the dark blue sky, was an image that was hunting the Dutch artist for months. As a result, both mystery and depth are the words that escort this masterpiece.

In 1889, the brilliant portray of “Irises” comes to life in Van Gogh’s hands. This painting comes from the artist downfall as he just had been put in an asylum for cutting off a part of his ear; plus, the people in Arles made a request to put him there as they thought he was a dangerous man. However, in this painting there is joy, admiration and details. Unlike the spot-like representation of flowers in the Impressionism, Van Gogh depicted them with precise clarity and high detail using blue, green, read, yellow and white.

Vincent Van Gogh died on July 29, 1890, at 37 years old because of a suicide attempt. In early July, days prior to his death, the artist painted Wheatfield with Crow.

Life of Michelangelo

Miguel Ángel - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libreThe life of art painters is both admired and studied by thousands of people in the world. This is due to the fact that these artists affected the course of humanity in terms of sensitivity, knowledge, and perspective. This is what generally comes out of art exposure, a sense of reality captured in painting, sculptures and other forms of art.

In other words, because of the insights the audience gets out of art, these artists are often regarded by society as celebrities, god-like creatures, or highly esteemed people. As for Michelangelo, the story was not different. In fact, his fame built up a network of followers and high esteem that safeguarded his life when his actions driven by his political views endangered it.

Therefore, the life of Michelangelo and other art painters do help to understand where they came from and how they became these influential artists. Ultimately, they also inspire people to reflect on their life choices and life situations that made Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Vincent Van Gogh the iconic figures they still are today.

Michelangelo’s Upbringing

In 1475, in Tuscany in a village called Caprese, Michelangelo was to be born in an influential family who took place in the prominent political scenario of his time. His father was a serving magistrate of the Florentine Republic and his surroundings were of a politic relationship dynamic, debates and commitments as were his father’s deeds.

However, even though his lifestyle could have been easily shaped by his family environment, Michelangelo decided to choose a very different path in arts. His aspirations and his last name gave them the opportunity to learn from Domenico Ghirlandaio who was the reference in Fresco painting in the Renaissance in Florence. Therefore, at age 13, he was already learning from the best, those painting techniques and also he learned news skills in sculpting through the guidance of Bertoldo di Giovanni.

Michelangelo’s First Commissions

Michelangelo’s clients were the most influential political family in Florence at the time. However, his first great commissions were to create la Pietà in Rome, an opportunity given by the cardinal Jean Bilheres de Largualas. Once he completed the masterpiece, both the clerics and the public consecrated him as the best and most paid artist of his time at age 25.

On the other hand, Michelangelo was now also a respected and famous artist and he comes back to Florence where he would be entrusted by the cathedral of Florence with a large statue of David. After two years of sculpting Michelangelo delivers a 17 feet tall figure of David that gave him the title of the greatest living artist.

A few years later, in 1505 Michelangelo was offered a long-term project by the greatest Catholic authority, Pope Julius II. The commission was to sculpt a grand tomb with a 40 life-size statue. However, due to the Pope’s change of plans, the budget was limited to the point that there was not enough money to keep on with it. As a result, an angry Michelangelo left Rome, but in 1508 Julius called him back to a very ambitious project. The job was to paint the 12 apostles in the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

The project lasted 4 years to be completed and when it was finished, the most important figures of Catholicism saw 300 figures from which 12 figures, were 7 prophets and 5 sibyls. The scenes Michelangelo painted came from the old testament stories and portray important figures such as the prophet Ezekiel and the Creation of Adam.

Tommaso Cavalieri - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libreMichelangelo’s Last Years

Once Michelangelo aged, he started to focus more on architectural projects and writing. From 1530 on, the artist wrote hundreds of poems from which only 300 of them have survived up until now. The constant theme in his writing was about the Neo-Platonism which was the idea that a human soul powered by love and ecstasy can reunite with God.

In addition to it, many personal letters were found lyrical poems to his family members and also his strong feelings for a various young man, specially Tommaso Cavalieri. To this day discussions about whether or not these letters conveyed homosexual desires or longing of a fatherless, unmarried, and aging Michelangelo are held by scholars.

In 1554, at age 88, Michelangelo dies in Rome of a minor illness. He was buried in the Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence and the sculpture he began to make in late 1540 for his own tomb remain unfinished until now and is shown at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.