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Vincent Van Gogh is a Dutch postimpressionist painter who has a tragically short career His work represents the archetype of expressionism the idea of emotional spontaneity in painting Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30 1853 in Groot-Zundert Holland He was the eldest son of six children in the family and his father was a Dutch Protestant pastor By the age of 27 he had been a salesman in an art gallery a French tutor a theological student and a preacher among the miners at Wasmes in Belgium When he was twelve to sixteen years old he went to a boarding school and the next year he started working at The Hague for his uncle who was an art dealer While working he realized that he was more interested in literature and religion than a business Then he worked for awhile as a preacher among poverty miners in Belgium Vincent worked really hard for the poor since he was very much dissatisfied with the way people made money His experience as a preacher is reflected in his first paintings of peasants and potato diggers He became really obsessed with art when he was 27 His early drawings were dark and somber sometimes crude but strong and full of feelings In 1881 at age 28 he moved to Etten Van Gogh liked the pictures of peasant life and labor that were first to be painted by Jean-Francois Millet who had great influences on Van Gogh His first paintings were crude but improving In order for him to come up with the most important painting of his pre-impressionist period he had to make a number of studies of peasant hands and heads And in April 1885 he painted a scene The Potato Eater in Holland When he painted The Potato Eaters he had not yet discovered the importance of color In 1886 van Gogh went to Paris to live with his brother Theo van
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