Vincent Willem van Gogh
Date of Birth
March 30, 1853
Date of Death
July 29, 1890
Place of Birth
Sanna Cornelia Carbentus and Theodorus van Gogh
Attended Zundert village school; home taught by governess and when he reached 11 years old, he went away to the elementary boarding school of Jan Provily in Zevenbergen. At 13 to went to a middle school, Willem II College in Tilburg
Dutch post-impressionist painter
Reason for Fame
Van Gogh’s work has made him one of the most famous artists of all time.
At age 37 and greatly depressed, he shot himself in the chest, survived the impact, but died two days later. He had little success during his lifetime, but his fame grew rapidly after his heath. Van Gogh’s painting Ires was sold for a record $53.9 million and his Portrait of Doctor Gachet was sold for $82.5 million, thus establishing a new price record.