Vincent Van Gogh
By: Melissa Clay
The artist I chose is Vincent Van Gogh. He is of course, the now famous artist from the late 1800’s. He began painting as a child and completed thousands of work of art in his short life. The reason that he resonates with me, is because he struggled with severe depression and mental illness, as do I. I can see his emotional struggle in his artwork and am able to relate to his art because of it. For example, “Starry Night” which is my favorite, looks to be dark, gloomy, and almost scary. But there is also hope there. The starts and bits of light and the calm of the scene give hope in a scary world. I chose to share his work because it is personal to me, and that feels more real than just picking someone who paints pretty flowers.
Wikipedia: The first page I found is quite useful. It shows images of him and his life and work, as well as describing him. It tells about who he is, where he came from, his mental illness, and his art pre and post mortem. It was retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh
Van Gogh Gallery: The second page I found was another detailed Biography of his life, from the Van Gogh Gallery. It gives and overview, then breaks into sections: Early Years, Later Years, Time Line,
Influences, Influence, Short Facts, and His Paintings. This was retrieved from:
http://www.vangoghgallery.com/misc/biography.html Mental State
Van Gogh Gallery: The final page I found is the website that holds the above biography. http://www.vangoghgallery.com. This has not only his biography, but an online shop for Van Gogh items, Images of his art and information about them and the medium used. This would be a great site to check out for anyone interested in the artist.