Vincent van Gogh Orchard in Blossom (Apricot Trees) 1888


Born 1853
Died 1890
Nationality Dutch
Birth place Zundert
Death place Auvers-sur-Oise

Van Gogh's brilliant, emotionally charged paintings are the most well known of all Post-Impressionist works. Born in Holland, the son of a pastor, he tried picture dealing, teaching and book selling, before training for the ministry. After dismissal from a mission in Belgium he concentrated on painting. His arrival in Paris in 1886 and his contact with the Impressionist painters made a dramatic impact on his work. Van Gogh's concern with light and colour led him to the south of France, where his paintings began to reflect his increasingly disturbed state of mind. He died after shooting himself in July 1890.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms


A broad-ranging term covering the variety of painting styles that emerged in the wake of Impressionism in Europe, particularly in France. The most prominent artists to arise from the group are Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.


Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Symbolist Landscape in Europe 1880-1910
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Inspiring Impressionism | Daubigny | Monet | Van Gogh
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