Vincent van Gogh

"I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.'"

"It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures."

"The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech."

"The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting."

Van Gogh was born in Holland in 1853. He worked at many jobs, such as at an art gallery, a school, a bookstore, as a preacher, and at last, he became an artist. He didn't have a very happy life. He painted sad paintings with poor people in them. His paintings were always very dark until he saw some colorful Japanese paintings. Then Van Gogh started painting happier paintings. Most of his work was in the Postimpressionist style. One day, he moved to live with his brother because he was unhappy where he lived, and he wanted to find someone to paint with. When he finally found someone, he wished he hadn't. Van Gogh and the other artist did not get along. After this, Van Gogh became so sad that he cut part of his ear off! After these things happened, he painted one more gloomy painting. It was called Wheatfield with Crows. After he finished it, he shot himself, survived the impact, but died two days later.He had little success during his lifetime, but his fame grew rapidly after his death. Van Gogh pioneered the art movement that came to be known as Expressionism.