Vincent van Gogh

1853 Born at Grooot-Zundert in the southern Netherlands, the son of a pastor.

1869 Becomes an apprentice at the French art dealers Goupil & Co. in The Hague.

1873 Van Gogh is transferred to the firm’s London branch. He falls in love with the daughter of his landlady but is rejected – a bitter personal blow.

1875 He is transferred to the head office of Goupil & Co. in Paris.

1876 Increasingly obsessed with religion, van Gogh is sacked. Travels to England and works in church schools in Ramsgate and West London.

1877 Returns to the Netherlands and decides to become a minister but fails to gain a place in the Theological Faculty at Amsterdam.

1878 Becomes a lay preacher in a mining area of Belgium.

1879 His contract is not renewed. Decides to become an artist.

1880 Studies drawing in Brussels. Becomes dependent on the financial support of his brother Theo who works for Goupil & Co. in Paris.

1881 Returns to live with his parents. In December he moves to The Hague where he lives with a prostitute Clasina (Sien) Hoornik.

1883 Leaves Sien and after a spell in the province of Drenthe returns to live with his parents in Nuenen where he paints peasant life.

1885 His father dies. In November Vincent moves to Antwerp.

1886 Joins his brother Theo in Paris. He introduces him to the Impressionist circle.

1888 In February he leaves Paris for Arles. Gauguin is persuaded to join him but soon announces that he wants to leave. Van Gogh cuts off a small part of his ear. He is committed to the Hôtel Dieu in Arles but discharges himself.

1889 After suffering further hallucinations and attacks of paranoia he is admitted to the asylum near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

1890 In May he leaves the asylum and travels to Auvers-sur-Oise. Vincent shoots himself on 27 July. Two days later he dies.



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Vincent van Gogh - Selected Works

1885 The Potato Eaters, Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum

1885 A Peasant Woman Digging, Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

1885 Woman with Red Kerchief, Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum

1886 Moulin de la Galette , Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum

1886–7 The Terrace of the Blute-fin Windmill, Montmartre, Chicago, Art Institute

1887 Interior of a Restaurant, Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum

1887 Portrait of Alexander Reid, Glasgow Art Gallery

1887 Road along the Seine, Asnières, Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum

1887–8 L’Italienne, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1887–8 Père Tanguy, Paris, Rodin Museum

1888 Vincent’s House in Arles , Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum

1888 Sunflowers , London, National Gallery

1888 The Sower, Amsterdam, van Gogh Museum

1888 The Lifting Bridge, Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum

1888 Ladies of Arles, St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

1888 Self Portrait with Straw Hat, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1888 Farmhouse in Provence, Washington, National Gallery of Art

1888 The Harvest, Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum

1888 The Zouave, Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum

1888 La Mousmé, Washington, National Gallery of Art

1888 The Poet (Eugne Boch), Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1888 L’Arlésienne (Marie Ginoux), Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1888 Self Portrait as Bonze, Cambridge MA, Fogg Art Museum

1888 Van Gogh’s Chair, London, National Gallery

1888 Gauguin’s Chair, Amsterdam, van Gogh Museum

1888 The Night Café, New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery

1888 La Berceuse (Augustine Roulin), Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum

1888 Starry Night on the Rhône, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1889 Portrait of Joseph Roulin, New York, MOMA

1889 Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries

1889 Bedroom at Arles, Chicago, Art Institute

1889 The Starry Night, New York, MOMA

1889 Self Portrait, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1889 Irises, Los Angeles, J Paul Getty Museum

1889 Olive Trees, New York, MOMA

1890 Church at Auvers , Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1890 Portrait of Dr Gachet, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1890 Irises, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1890 The Plain at Auvers, Vienna, Belvedere

1890 Crows over Wheat Field, Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum

Vincent van Gogh - Featured Paintings

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