History Main / VincentVanGogh

19th Nov '13 5:32:45 AM Frank75
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[[quoteright:180:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/180px-VanGogh_1887_Selbstbildnis.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:180:A self portrait of the artist.]]

->''For they could not love you but still your love was true, \\
[[DespairEventHorizon And when no hope was left in sight on that starry starry night]], \\
[[DrivenToSuicide You took your life as lovers often do]]; \\
But I could have told you, Vincent, \\
[[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you]].'' \\
--'''Music/DonMcLean''', "Vincent"

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a famous [[PostSomethingIsm post-impressionist]] artist, famous for his hard life, insanity and vividly colored paintings.

[[ItIsPronouncedTroPay His last name is pronounced the Dutch way]]: "van" is pronounced "fan" (rhymes with "dawn"), and "Gogh" is a soft Southern Dutch guttural G, a short O (as in "log"), and another soft guttural G. As with any Dutch last name, the "van" is spelled without its capital letter when preceded by the first name or initial.

Van Gogh was born to a minister and his wife, a ReplacementGoldfish to their dead son. After growing up with his brother Theo and going to boarding school, he left his small home in the Netherlands to work at an art dealer. [[DoingItForTheArt After expressing rage at the thought of art becoming a commodity]], he was fired. He fell in love with the landlord's daughter Eugénie Loyer, who rejected him when he finally confessed his feelings. This would start a chain of romantic failures. Van Gogh [[KissingCousins proposed to his cousin Kee Vos-Stricker]], who had no interest in him. [[EngagementChallenge Van Gogh held his hand over an open flame, saying he would hold it there until he could change her mind]]. She absolutely refused him. Van Gogh [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold fell in love with a prostitute]] named Sien Hoornick. Van Gogh's [[ParentalMarriageVeto father did not approve of the marriage.]] She drowned herself in the river in 1904.

Van Gogh fell into depression, but decided to enroll in a school to do something with his life. He befriended Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec there, but because of his [[NotGoodWithPeople problems]] their friendship fell out. He then moved to Arles, which he described as a [[WretchedHive disgusting and filthy city]]. This didn't show in his artwork, as he made some of his most colorful and vibrant pictures of the city there. [[HeterosexualLifePartners He found a friend in Paul Gauguin]], and waited for him to join him at the yellow house he bought in the country side. He painted paintings for Gauguin and asked after him constantly, which annoyed Gauguin. [[NeverLiveItDown In a fit of his mental illness he cut off the lobe of his ear]] in a fight with Gauguin, begging him not to leave. [[CloudCuckooLander He gave the bit of flesh to a prostitute at a hotel]]. After increasing tension and a state of angry paranoia and mental illness, he returned home. There 30 townspeople made a petition to get rid of him. He was having [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy paranoid delusions of people trying to poison him]]. They called him ''fou roux'' ([[MeaningfulName the redheaded fool/madman]]) and had him committed to an asylum.

He threw himself into painting at the asylum, making brilliant painting after painting. After he left, he remained reclusive in his yellow house. In 1890 he shot himself in the chest with a revolver in the middle of a field. Unfortunately for him, [[RasputinianDeath he survived and had to stay in the hospital another two days, eventually dying of infections from the gunshot wounds]].

Recent academic research and told on a [[http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18560_162-20120760.html?pageNum=7&tag=contentMain;contentBody recent segment]] of ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' that van Gogh might not have shot himself as the tale goes but received his fatal wound as a result of a village boy shooting him by accident, and told the authorities he'd shot himself so the poor kid wouldn't get in trouble.

Laconic version? [[TheWoobie Poor guy]]. He remains influential and recognizable today, and a subject of many ArtImitatesArt situation.

Also, he once got into [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor a fight with an invisible alien]]... Alright, alright, it didn't really happen. [[UnreliableNarrator Sorry]].
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!!Tropes applying to the artist:

* TheAlcoholic
* ArtImitatesArt: Just one example: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sailormoonvangogh.jpg Look]] [[SailorMoon familiar?]]
* BeardOfSorrow
* CloudCuckooLander
* CommonKnowledge: Vincent didn't cut off his whole ear. It was only his lobe!
* DeadArtistsAreBetter
* DoggedNiceGuy
* DrivenToSuicide: Sort of. He did shoot himself, but it took complications from the injury to finish the job.
* ForgetsToEat: Another thing that contributed to his poor health. He often used the very little money he got from his brother to buy art supplies, and the only thing he'd buy to consume was coffee and thujone.
* GenrePopularizer: [[PostSomethingIsm Post-Impressionism]]
* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: The correct Dutch pronunciation of Van Gogh is as follows: "van" rhymes with "one", and "Gogh" is a soft Southern Dutch guttural G, a short O (as in "log"), and another soft guttural G. Not "Van Goth", "Van Goff" or "Van Go". Note that Van Gogh was born in the southern province of Brabant, so he wouldn't have used the ''rough'' guttural G that's used in standard Dutch.
* LonersAreFreaks
* LostInTheMaize: He attempted suicide in a cornfield, and supposedly his last painting was of one.
* MadArtist: Famously. TheLongList of his many health problems:
** Bipolar disorder
** Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Random seizures without altered conciousness, but ending in a state of confusion and paranoia.
** Thujone poisoning (from his absinthe alcoholism)
** Lead and chromium poisoning (chromium yellows had recently been introduced and he used a LOT of them).
** Hypergraphia (a condition in which you feel the need to write continuously, which might explain why he wrote 800 letters in his lifetime)
** Sunstroke: He often got so wrapped up in painting outside he forgot that he was about to pass out.
** Some historians believe he was also a [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy paranoid schizophrenic]].
* MoodSwinger: [[JustifiedTrope Justified,]] as he was bipolar.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Letters to his brother indicate that he ate close to nothing and stayed alive on coffee and absinthe.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: As mentioned above, 30 townspeople made a petition to get rid of him.
* NiceHat
* NotGoodWithPeople
* PasteEater: At times he would nibble on his paint, which given the poisonous components probably didn't help both his health and sanity (to the point doctors at one time forbid him to paint before he ate the ink to kill himself).
* PostSomethingIsm: Post-Impressionism, which became popular when his work gained acceptance.
* ReclusiveArtist
* RedHeadedHero
* ReplacementGoldfish: Vincent had an older brother who died at birth, also named Vincent, born on the same day as him, but one year earlier. Every week when his family went to church, Vincent would have to walk past a gravestone with, essentially, his name and birthdate on it, only off by one year.
* StarvingArtist: Literally. Poor nutrition also was a contributing factor to his terrible health.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: At least until Saint Remy. Historians have speculated that a lot of his problems came from him actually being a paranoid schizophrenic, which couldn't have been treated then.
* TheUnpronounceable: His surname; in English people argue whether it's Van Go or Van Goff, while the actual Dutch pronunciation is quite different from either.

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[[quoteright:180:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/180px-VanGogh_1887_Selbstbildnis.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:180:A self portrait of the artist.]]

->''For they could not love you but still your love was true, \\
[[DespairEventHorizon And when no hope was left in sight on that starry starry night]], \\
[[DrivenToSuicide You took your life as lovers often do]]; \\
But I could have told you, Vincent, \\
[[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you]].'' \\
--'''Music/DonMcLean''', "Vincent"

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a famous [[PostSomethingIsm post-impressionist]] artist, famous for his hard life, insanity and vividly colored paintings.

[[ItIsPronouncedTroPay His last name is pronounced the Dutch way]]: "van" is pronounced "fan" (rhymes with "dawn"), and "Gogh" is a soft Southern Dutch guttural G, a short O (as in "log"), and another soft guttural G. As with any Dutch last name, the "van" is spelled without its capital letter when preceded by the first name or initial.

Van Gogh was born to a minister and his wife, a ReplacementGoldfish to their dead son. After growing up with his brother Theo and going to boarding school, he left his small home in the Netherlands to work at an art dealer. [[DoingItForTheArt After expressing rage at the thought of art becoming a commodity]], he was fired. He fell in love with the landlord's daughter Eugénie Loyer, who rejected him when he finally confessed his feelings. This would start a chain of romantic failures. Van Gogh [[KissingCousins proposed to his cousin Kee Vos-Stricker]], who had no interest in him. [[EngagementChallenge Van Gogh held his hand over an open flame, saying he would hold it there until he could change her mind]]. She absolutely refused him. Van Gogh [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold fell in love with a prostitute]] named Sien Hoornick. Van Gogh's [[ParentalMarriageVeto father did not approve of the marriage.]] She drowned herself in the river in 1904.

Van Gogh fell into depression, but decided to enroll in a school to do something with his life. He befriended Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec there, but because of his [[NotGoodWithPeople problems]] their friendship fell out. He then moved to Arles, which he described as a [[WretchedHive disgusting and filthy city]]. This didn't show in his artwork, as he made some of his most colorful and vibrant pictures of the city there. [[HeterosexualLifePartners He found a friend in Paul Gauguin]], and waited for him to join him at the yellow house he bought in the country side. He painted paintings for Gauguin and asked after him constantly, which annoyed Gauguin. [[NeverLiveItDown In a fit of his mental illness he cut off the lobe of his ear]] in a fight with Gauguin, begging him not to leave. [[CloudCuckooLander He gave the bit of flesh to a prostitute at a hotel]]. After increasing tension and a state of angry paranoia and mental illness, he returned home. There 30 townspeople made a petition to get rid of him. He was having [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy paranoid delusions of people trying to poison him]]. They called him ''fou roux'' ([[MeaningfulName the redheaded fool/madman]]) and had him committed to an asylum.

He threw himself into painting at the asylum, making brilliant painting after painting. After he left, he remained reclusive in his yellow house. In 1890 he shot himself in the chest with a revolver in the middle of a field. Unfortunately for him, [[RasputinianDeath he survived and had to stay in the hospital another two days, eventually dying of infections from the gunshot wounds]].

Recent academic research and told on a [[http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18560_162-20120760.html?pageNum=7&tag=contentMain;contentBody recent segment]] of ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' that van Gogh might not have shot himself as the tale goes but received his fatal wound as a result of a village boy shooting him by accident, and told the authorities he'd shot himself so the poor kid wouldn't get in trouble.

Laconic version? [[TheWoobie Poor guy]]. He remains influential and recognizable today, and a subject of many ArtImitatesArt situation.

Also, he once got into [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor a fight with an invisible alien]]... Alright, alright, it didn't really happen. [[UnreliableNarrator Sorry]].
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!!Tropes applying to the artist:

* TheAlcoholic
* ArtImitatesArt: Just one example: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sailormoonvangogh.jpg Look]] [[SailorMoon familiar?]]
* BeardOfSorrow
* CloudCuckooLander
* CommonKnowledge: Vincent didn't cut off his whole ear. It was only his lobe!
* DeadArtistsAreBetter
* DoggedNiceGuy
* DrivenToSuicide: Sort of. He did shoot himself, but it took complications from the injury to finish the job.
* ForgetsToEat: Another thing that contributed to his poor health. He often used the very little money he got from his brother to buy art supplies, and the only thing he'd buy to consume was coffee and thujone.
* GenrePopularizer: [[PostSomethingIsm Post-Impressionism]]
* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: The correct Dutch pronunciation of Van Gogh is as follows: "van" rhymes with "one", and "Gogh" is a soft Southern Dutch guttural G, a short O (as in "log"), and another soft guttural G. Not "Van Goth", "Van Goff" or "Van Go". Note that Van Gogh was born in the southern province of Brabant, so he wouldn't have used the ''rough'' guttural G that's used in standard Dutch.
* LonersAreFreaks
* LostInTheMaize: He attempted suicide in a cornfield, and supposedly his last painting was of one.
* MadArtist: Famously. TheLongList of his many health problems:
** Bipolar disorder
** Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Random seizures without altered conciousness, but ending in a state of confusion and paranoia.
** Thujone poisoning (from his absinthe alcoholism)
** Lead and chromium poisoning (chromium yellows had recently been introduced and he used a LOT of them).
** Hypergraphia (a condition in which you feel the need to write continuously, which might explain why he wrote 800 letters in his lifetime)
** Sunstroke: He often got so wrapped up in painting outside he forgot that he was about to pass out.
** Some historians believe he was also a [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy paranoid schizophrenic]].
* MoodSwinger: [[JustifiedTrope Justified,]] as he was bipolar.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Letters to his brother indicate that he ate close to nothing and stayed alive on coffee and absinthe.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: As mentioned above, 30 townspeople made a petition to get rid of him.
* NiceHat
* NotGoodWithPeople
* PasteEater: At times he would nibble on his paint, which given the poisonous components probably didn't help both his health and sanity (to the point doctors at one time forbid him to paint before he ate the ink to kill himself).
* PostSomethingIsm: Post-Impressionism, which became popular when his work gained acceptance.
* ReclusiveArtist
* RedHeadedHero
* ReplacementGoldfish: Vincent had an older brother who died at birth, also named Vincent, born on the same day as him, but one year earlier. Every week when his family went to church, Vincent would have to walk past a gravestone with, essentially, his name and birthdate on it, only off by one year.
* StarvingArtist: Literally. Poor nutrition also was a contributing factor to his terrible health.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: At least until Saint Remy. Historians have speculated that a lot of his problems came from him actually being a paranoid schizophrenic, which couldn't have been treated then.
* TheUnpronounceable: His surname; in English people argue whether it's Van Go or Van Goff, while the actual Dutch pronunciation is quite different from either.
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22nd Jun '13 8:47:09 AM igordebraga
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* PasteEater: At times he would nibble on his paint, which given the poisonous components probably didn't help both his health and sanity (to the point doctors at one time forbid him to paint before he ate the ink to kill himself).
20th May '13 7:38:43 AM SeptimusHeap
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Laconic version? [[TheWoobie Poor guy]]. He remains influential and recognizable today, and a subject of many a PicturePastiche.

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Laconic version? [[TheWoobie Poor guy]]. He remains influential and recognizable today, and a subject of many a PicturePastiche.
ArtImitatesArt situation.



* ArtImitatesArt: Just one example: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sailormoonvangogh.jpg Look]] [[SailorMoon familiar?]]



* PicturePastiche: Just one example: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sailormoonvangogh.jpg Look]] [[SailorMoon familiar?]]
29th Mar '13 11:52:43 AM nombretomado
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Recent academic research and told on a [[http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18560_162-20120760.html?pageNum=7&tag=contentMain;contentBody recent segment]] of ''[[Main/SixtyMinutes 60 Minutes]]'' that van Gogh might not have shot himself as the tale goes but received his fatal wound as a result of a village boy shooting him by accident, and told the authorities he'd shot himself so the poor kid wouldn't get in trouble.

to:

Recent academic research and told on a [[http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18560_162-20120760.html?pageNum=7&tag=contentMain;contentBody recent segment]] of ''[[Main/SixtyMinutes 60 Minutes]]'' ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' that van Gogh might not have shot himself as the tale goes but received his fatal wound as a result of a village boy shooting him by accident, and told the authorities he'd shot himself so the poor kid wouldn't get in trouble.
11th Mar '13 8:25:22 PM JIKTV
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--'''DonMcLean''', "Vincent"

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--'''DonMcLean''', --'''Music/DonMcLean''', "Vincent"



* HoYay: Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, at least from Vincent's side. He kept begging Gauguin to come and live with him in Arles and gave him dozens of paintings, basically saying "please be my friend." Unfortunately for him, Gauguin didn't really respect him as an artist and was probably a little creeped out. Their relationship began to deteriorate and poor Vincent cut off his ear with a razor to keep Gauguin from leaving him. Gauguin's response to this was to... leave, and Vincent was soon after committed to a mental hospital. He often asked his brother Theo to have Gauguin come and see him, and at one point he wrote "I think about him all the time."



* MagnumOpus: The Starry Night is considered his best.



* TheUnpronounceable: His surname; in English people argue whether it's Van Go or Van Goff, while the actual Dutch pronunciation is quite different from either.
* VindicatedByHistory: Van Gogh's art was never highly regarded until after his death, when a series of [[DeadArtistsAreBetter memorial exhibitions]] cemented his reputation. He is now generally considered one of the greatest artists who has ever lived.

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* TheUnpronounceable: His surname; in English people argue whether it's Van Go or Van Goff, while the actual Dutch pronunciation is quite different from either.
* VindicatedByHistory: Van Gogh's art was never highly regarded until after his death, when a series of [[DeadArtistsAreBetter memorial exhibitions]] cemented his reputation. He is now generally considered one of the greatest artists who has ever lived.
either.
18th Oct '12 5:12:39 AM Solle
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[[ItIsPronouncedTroPay His last name is pronounced the Dutch way]]: "van" is pronounced "fan", and "Gogh" is a soft Southern Dutch guttural G, a short O (as in "log"), and another soft guttural G. As with any Dutch last name, the "van" is spelled without its capital letter when preceded by the first name or initial.

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[[ItIsPronouncedTroPay His last name is pronounced the Dutch way]]: "van" is pronounced "fan", "fan" (rhymes with "dawn"), and "Gogh" is a soft Southern Dutch guttural G, a short O (as in "log"), and another soft guttural G. As with any Dutch last name, the "van" is spelled without its capital letter when preceded by the first name or initial.
15th Oct '12 7:27:50 AM ragnarok235
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Also, he once got into [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor a fight with an invisible alien]]... Alright, alright, it didn't really happen. [[UnreliableNarrator Sorry]].



* VindicatedByHistory: Van Gogh's art was never highly regarded until after his death, when a series of [[DeadArtistsAreBetter memorial exhibitions]] cemented his reputation. He is now generally considered one of the greatest artists who has ever lived.

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* VindicatedByHistory: Van Gogh's art was never highly regarded until after his death, when a series of [[DeadArtistsAreBetter memorial exhibitions]] cemented his reputation. He is now generally considered one of the greatest artists who has ever lived.
22nd Aug '12 3:32:06 AM SSJMagus
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Recent academic research and told on a [[http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18560_162-20120760.html?pageNum=7&tag=contentMain;contentBody recent segment]] of ''[[Main/SixtyMinutes 60 Minutes]]'' that van Gogh might not have shot himself as the tale goes but received his fatal wound as a result of a village boy shooting him by accident.

to:

Recent academic research and told on a [[http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18560_162-20120760.html?pageNum=7&tag=contentMain;contentBody recent segment]] of ''[[Main/SixtyMinutes 60 Minutes]]'' that van Gogh might not have shot himself as the tale goes but received his fatal wound as a result of a village boy shooting him by accident.
accident, and told the authorities he'd shot himself so the poor kid wouldn't get in trouble.
14th Aug '12 9:42:10 PM Gemmabeta
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[[ItIsPronouncedTroPay His last name is pronounced the Dutch way]]: "van" rhymes with "one", and "Gogh" is a soft Southern Dutch guttural G, a short O (as in "log"), and another soft guttural G. As with any Dutch last name, the "van" is spelled without its capital letter when preceded by the first name or initial.

to:

[[ItIsPronouncedTroPay His last name is pronounced the Dutch way]]: "van" rhymes with "one", is pronounced "fan", and "Gogh" is a soft Southern Dutch guttural G, a short O (as in "log"), and another soft guttural G. As with any Dutch last name, the "van" is spelled without its capital letter when preceded by the first name or initial.
4th Jun '12 7:11:32 AM ArtfulCodger
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* VindicatedByHistory: Van Gogh's art was never highly regarded until after his death, when a series of [[DeadArtistsAreBetter memorial exhibitions]] cemented his reputation.

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* VindicatedByHistory: Van Gogh's art was never highly regarded until after his death, when a series of [[DeadArtistsAreBetter memorial exhibitions]] cemented his reputation. He is now generally considered one of the greatest artists who has ever lived.
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