- NAME: Vincent van Gogh
- OCCUPATION: Painter
- BIRTH DATE: March 30, 1853
- DEATH DATE: July 29, 1890
- Did You Know?: After having been physically and psychologically unstable, Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear and offered it to a prostitute.
- EDUCATION: Brussels Academy
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Zundert, Netherlands
- PLACE OF DEATH: Auvers-sur-Oise, France
- Full Name: Vincent Willem van Gogh
- AKA: Vincent van Gogh
- AKA: van Gogh
- Nickname: "Christ of the Coal Mines"
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Vincent van Gogh is considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt, although he remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life.
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Work and solitude took its toll on van Gogh, and he started to act strangely from paint and turpentine fumes. Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear and delivered it to a prostitute.
While hospitalized, van Gogh worked in a studio set up by his brother Theo. Inspired by a dream, Vincent van Gogh painted "The Starry Night." He took his own life one year later at age 37 in Auvers sur Oise, near Paris.
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After more than 100 years since van Gogh's death, more of his artwork was released. A painting of a landscape entitled "Sunset at Montmajour" was discovered and unveiled by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in September 2013. Before coming under the possession of the Van Gogh Museum, a Norwegian industrialist owned the painting and stored it away in his attic,
having thought that it wasn't authentic. The painting is believed to have been created by van Gogh in 1888—around the same time that his artwork "Sunflowers" was made—just two years before his death.
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