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
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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