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A story we should know
March 16, 2018
This short volume tells us the story of the life and achievements of one of the most famous painters of all times, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), an archetype of an artist. There is much history that educated and even uneducated people should know. This book is part of the Hourly History series which gives readers an opportunity to learn what they should know, and read life stories that can be completed in an hour or less.
We read in this book about his life as a youngster, what he wanted to accomplish, his marriage to a prostitute, his ill-fated collaboration with artist Paul Gauguin, the famous incident when he cut off his ear in 1889, his stay in an asylum when he painted “The Starry Night” one of the most recognizable paintings in the world, his suicide in 1890, and especially about his paintings. In his short life, he painted 850 oil paintings and 1300 drawings, watercolors, and studies. His paintings were worth nothing during his lifetime, but each is worth millions after his death.