Vincent Van Gogh continues to inspire amateur and professional artists across the world. An institution unto himself, he continues to be extremely popular among art practitioners and connoisseurs and the literati across the world till this date. The artistic world consistently applauds and appreciates him in equal measure and Vincent Van Gogh continues to be known as one of the finest painters of his era.
Born and raised in an upper-middle-class family, Van Gogh began painting at a relatively young age. His experiences as a young adult shaped his artistic choices as he travelled across Europe living in London, Paris, and Arles in Southern France apart from his native the Netherlands. He created 2,100 artworks that included paintings in natural settings and numerous self-portraits.
Van Gogh, however, had a tragic existence and received unparalleled acclaim for his artistic vision only after his untimely death at the age of 37 on July 29, 1890. It was due to the persistent efforts of his sister-in-law, Jo Van Gogh-Bonger that his defining works of art caught the eye of art connoisseurs across the world and he finally received recognition for his indomitable contribution to the world of art.
Over the years, his paintings have fetched record-breaking sums of money with his ‘Portrait of Dr. Gachet’ fetching $82.5 million in 1990! After adjustments made in terms of the inflation rate, this painting constitutes one of the most expensive purchases in the world of art to date. Today, Vincent Van Gogh is fondly remembered by his admirers and is counted among the finest painters of the modern era in Europe.