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Vincent Van Gogh was the son of a Dutch pastor Theodorus Van Gogh Vincent was born on 30 March 1853 at Zundert a village in the south Netherlands Art was a part of Vincent when he was growing up because several uncles in the family were art dealers Art and religion therefore were among Vincents early experiences as he grew up in the family home with his three sisters and two brothers Vincent tried his hand at many things before turning to painting He worked in the family art dealing business turned to religion and enrolled at the academy of Fine Art In 1880 at the age of twenty-seven Vincent suffered a lot of depression He had failed in the familys gallery business failed as a teacher and failed in love After all this Vincent decided to become an artist Even before Vincent had moved to Paris he was aware of the artistic trend around him It is certain that in his years working with the art dealers Goupil and Cie in Paris and London Vincent would have been aware of what was happening in the world of art around him and in the late nineteenth-century Paris was at the very centre of that world When Vincent moved to Paris in 1886 he would of came into contact with many artists through his brother Theo who helped sell the most of the famous paintings Vincent began to experiment a type of painting known as open air painting Vincent relied heavily on his family and friends to support him throughout his life as an artist It was his brother Theo who agreed to support him financially when at the age of twenty-eight Vincent decided to learn how to paint That support continued until Vincents death His love affair with painting was intense and painful just as his earlier passions for the church and his unsuccessful relationships with women had been Vincent left his
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