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Vincent van Gogh: A tortured genius

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Keen to learn but short on time? Find out everything you need to know about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh in just 50 minutes with this straightforward and engaging guide!

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch artist who was active during the late 19th century. The primary subjects of his work were landscapes and the realities of rural life, and his paintings often reflected his own state of mind through the use of vibrant colours and curved lines. Van Gogh was an extremely prolific painter and produced around 900 paintings in his lifetime, most of which were completed in his final two years of life. However, it is believed that he only sold one painting during his lifetime, as his unconventional style did not become popular until after his death. Today, his most famous works include The Starry Night and The Sunflowers, and his work is credited with inspiring several later artistic movements, including Fauvism and Expressionism.

In this book, you will learn about:

• The artistic and cultural trends that influenced Van Gogh’s work, including Impressionism, Naturalism and Japonism
• Van Gogh’s most famous works, including masterpieces such as The Starry Night and The Potato Eaters
• The later artistic movements inspired by Van Gogh’s work, such as Fauvism and Expressionism

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