Art Survey 1100
December 5, 2013
What about Vincent Van Gogh?
Vincent van Gogh, the eldest son of a Dutch Reformed minister and a bookseller's daughter, pursued several locations, including that of an art dealer and clergyman, before deciding to become an artist at the age of twenty-seven. Over the course of his decade-long career , he produced nearly 900 paintings and more than 1,100 works on paper. Ironically, in 1890, he timidly assessed his artistic legacy as "of very secondary importance."
Largely self-taught, Van Gogh gained his footing as an artist by actively copying prints and studying nineteenth-century drawing manuals and lesson books, such as Charles Bargue's Exercises au fusain and cours de dessin. He felt that it was necessary to master black and white before working with color, and first concentrated on learning the basics of figure drawing and form landscapes in correct viewpoint. In 1882, he moved from his parents' home in Etten to the Hague, where he received some formal instruction from his cousin, Anton Mauve, a leading Hague School artist. That same year, he finished his first independent works in watercolor and expressed into oil painting; he also enjoyed his first earnings as an artist: his uncle, the art dealer C. M. Van Gogh, appointed two sets of drawings of Hague townscapes for which Van Gogh chose to describe such everyday sites as views of the railway station, gasworks, and nursery gardens .Largely self-taught, Van Gogh gained his footing as an artist by zealously copying prints and studying nineteenth-century drawing manuals and lesson books.
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In the winter of 1884, while living with his parents in Nuenen, he painted more than forty studies of peasant heads, which concluded in his first multifigured, large-scale composition in this gritty description of a peasant family at mealtime, Van Gogh wrote that he wanted to express that they "used the...