35 Unusual Facts About the Infamous Painter Vincent van Gogh
35 Unusual Facts About the Infamous Painter Vincent van Gogh

35 Unusual Facts About the Infamous Painter Vincent van Gogh

Trista - July 22, 2019

35 Unusual Facts About the Infamous Painter Vincent van Gogh
Self-Portrait Without Beard, from September 1889; it may have been Van Gogh’s last self-portrait, which he gave to his mother for her birthday gift. Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain.

6. Theo Sent Vincent To Dr. Gachet For Help

Vincent van Gogh spent the last three months of his life in Auvers-Sur-Oise, which is about 20 miles from Paris. Theo sent his brother there after finding out about one of the best doctors he hoped could help his brother find mental stability. Like Van Gogh, Dr. Gachet was an artist and trader. Theo believed that they would be able to connect because they had the same type of career. Van Gogh stayed in Auvers getting intense therapy from Dr. Gachet. Unfortunately, the doctor would be unable to help Van Gogh, who committed Suicide in July of 1890.

35 Unusual Facts About the Infamous Painter Vincent van Gogh
Wheat Field at Auvers with White House, June 1890, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. / Wikimedia Commons.

5. Van Gogh’s Last Innkeeper Sold His Two Of Van Gogh’s Paintings

For the last three months of his life, Van Gogh stayed with innkeeper Arthur Ravoux. The Ravoux family got to know Van Gogh very well as he would have supper with them every evening. In fact, on the day that Van Gogh committed suicide and didn’t show up for the evening meal, the Ravoux family know that something was wrong. After Van Gogh’s death, Theo asked Ravoux if he wanted anything. Ravoux said no but kept Van Gogh’s paintings he had. He sold these paintings to two American artists for 40 francs a piece.

35 Unusual Facts About the Infamous Painter Vincent van Gogh
Vincent and Theo’s graves at Auvers-sur-Oise Cemetery. Héric Samson / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain.

4. Theo van Gogh Couldn’t Handle His Brother’s Death

Theo spent his days caring for his brother Vincent, especially in the last few decades of his short life. He not only supported Vincent financially, but he also did whatever he could in order to try to make Vincent’s mind more stable. Unfortunately, Theo wouldn’t be able to save his brother, no matter how hard he tried. From the moment Theo heard about Vincent’s death, he started to decline health wise. By November 1890, Theo became a patient at a psychiatric hospital, where he died a few months later from illness and severe depression.

35 Unusual Facts About the Infamous Painter Vincent van Gogh
Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, 1889. Woodbury & Page – Geheugen van Nederland / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain.

3. Van Gogh’s Sister-In-Law Helped Make Him Famous

Johanna “Jo” van Gogh-Bonger was born in Amsterdam during the year 1862. She would marry Vincent’s brother Theo around 1889, and together they would have a son. After Vincent’s death, Theo died shortly after. This left Jo to find a way to make money off of Van Gogh’s paintings. To help her mission, she included all the letters that Vincent wrote to Theo. Unfortunately, she would never live to see Vincent become famous. However, her son would carry on her mission and help establish the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

35 Unusual Facts About the Infamous Painter Vincent van Gogh
Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888. Musée d’Orsay, Paris / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain.

2. He Mainly Painted Landscapes Because He Had Trouble Finding Models

While no one really knows why people didn’t like to model for Vincent van Gogh, many historians believe it was because he was a troubled man. While he was well-liked in his early years, the older Van Gogh got, the more reclusive and depressed he would get. For various reasons, this made people want to keep away from him. Therefore, they weren’t often comfortable modeling for Van Gogh’s paintings. Because of this,

35 Unusual Facts About the Infamous Painter Vincent van Gogh
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Taxiarchos228 / Wikimedia Commons.

1. Today Vincent van Gogh Is A True Inspiration To Many Artists

During his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh didn’t paint like other artists. His style was different, and this would often cause problems between him and his teachers in school. However, today is a different story. Many artists cite Vincent Van Gogh as one of their main inspirations due to his unique style. On top of this, his paintings are being reproduced all over the world and hang in homes, offices, and many other buildings. His original paintings that survive are at a variety of museums around the globe.

 

Where did we get this information? Here are our sources:

“14 Facts About The Tortured, Miserable Life of Vincent van Gogh.” Phil Gibbons. Ranker.

“30 Impressive Facts About Vincent van Gogh.” Michelle Gabriel, The Facts Site.

“11 Interesting Facts About Vincent van Gogh.” Dan Scott, Draw Paint Academy. April 2018.

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