6) The works of this post-impressionist painter had a far-reaching influence on the 20th century art for its emotional impact and vivid colors. His mental illness reflected in his paintings. He was not known and his paintings were not appreciated during his lifetime. Today he is ranked as one of the greatest painter in the history of art, and an important contributor to the modern art. He has to his credit more than 2000 artworks, 900 of which are paintings, 1,100 drawings and sketches. Today his paintings are in great demand and fetch astronomical prices.Tracing his growth as an outstanding artist, from the early part of his life, Anna Suh writes, “Another perennial interest that manifested in his youth was his fascination with rural life and manual laborers. In an awkward and brief stint as a missionary in the Belgium coal region of the Borinage, Vincent sketched scenes from the miner’s daily life; these drawings compliment his poignant description of their hard slot. Indeed, it was during this time that his interest in the ministry gave way to his new ambition to be an artist.8) He painted is first major work, The Potato Eaters in 1885. He moved from one place to another and what impressed him most were the local conditions and the scenic beauty in the areas of his visit. In Belgium it was the mining region and the life of the miners. In the south of France, it was the strong sun light. That light made his works bright in color and it was the beginning of the development of the unique and the highly recognizable and appreciated style. During his stay at Arles in 1888,. Vincent Van Gogh his artwork and life.
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