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Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Do you enjoy the artwork of Vincent van Gogh? Today we remember the famous Dutch painter who died on this day in 1890 from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Image: Vincent van Gogh / Wikimedia Common

Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 to an upper-middle class family. He was born exactly one year after the stillbirth of his parents’ first son, who was also named Vincent. Van Gogh had a close relationship with his younger brother, Theo, who often provided him with financial support as he pursued his painting.

Considered one of the most influential artists in history, van Gogh was virtually unknown during his lifetime. Van Gogh suffered from frequent bouts of mental illness, ultimately taking his own life at the age of 37. His brother, who had been suffering from syphilis and poor health, died shortly after. The brothers were buried together in Auvers-sur-Oise. After his death, his paintings grew in popularity and are revered for their rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color.

How are you related to Vincent van Gogh? Explore his family tree and discover your connection to the Dutch painter.

View Vincent van Gogh’s Geni Profile


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