Vincent van Gogh, born in 1853, became one of the most famous post-impressionist artists in the world alongside names like Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
He had been a schoolboy, clerk, teacher, bookseller, student, then preacher before committing to art at age 27. His earlier works were recognized for more classically-inspired darker tones. With the support of his brother Theo and friends, Vincent Van Gogh's style would later evolve to feature bright vibrant colours and expressive brushwork. These emotive pieces characterized much of the Post-Impressionist movement, and his work continue to influence artists today.
Van Gogh completed over 2,100 works including 860 oil paintings and 1,300 watercolours, sketches and drawings. His paintings portrayed how he saw and personally felt each scenario – he interpreted every detail with his eyes, mind and soul.
Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime, but his work and life would forever change the art world. Today, his paintings rank among the most expensive in history.