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Vincent van Gogh was a famous Dutch Post-Impressionist artist whose unique artwork revolved around a curious joy of absorbing nature and its surroundings then transforming what he saw into a distinctive style of expressionist art Vincent created this distinctive style by expressing his emotions with a certain method of brush strokes and the color he blended with his brush strokes into his paintingsThe van Gogh family and a number of powerful artists of that period had a great deal of influence on how Vincent van Gogh created his unique and colorful brush strokes Wallace 9 The family influence on his unique and distinctive style of art began the day he was born on March 30 1853 Vincent was born into a family of religious and artistic relatives who were mourning the death of his older brother Vincents brother was born and died by stillbirth on the exact date that Vincent was born a year later It was a very odd coincidence and even odder when their parents gave Vincent Willem van Gogh the exact name they had given his older brother The stillborn baby was buried in a graveyard next to the familys church where his father was a Protestant minister The gravestone of Vincents brother was inscribed with the words VINCENT VAN GOGH 1852 Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for such is the KINGDOM OF GOD Sweetman 7 The death of his older brother effected Vincent throughout his life and his curiosity of his older brother with the exact name birth date and date of death would take Vincent on long walks past his brothers grave Torterolo 8 He would turn these curious walks from his home to his brothers grave into an adventure of wonder and he began exploring the colors and textures of nature He was a typical ordinary child with a special gift of wonder and curiosity and would spend hours examining
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