Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh’s story has come to epitomise romantic notions about the ‘troubled genius’, cruelly ignored during their own lifetime. After a highly religious upbringing, he decided that Art was his true spiritual vocation. His early work was marked by sombre coloring and an earnest Social Realism. However, his paintings became more radiant and colorful after encountering Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism on a trip to Paris. Rather than imitate appearances, he sought to express his deepest feelings through color and vigorous impasto brushstrokes. It was during his time in Arles that he painted his Sunflowers and, perhaps most famously, cut off his ear following a quarrel with Gauguin. In ten years he produced almost 900 paintings, of which he sold only one. Plagued by depression, he died in 1890 after shooting himself in the chest. His posthumous reputation soared almost overnight, whilst his impact upon 20th-century painting was arguably without equal.
The Week Ahead: June 22, 2020
Let us curate your week with this set of daily suggestions for what to enjoy on our platform and on your Meural Canvas.
Virtual Cultural Visits
Here at Meural HQ, we’ve always been advocates for experiencing culture from the comfort of your couch! We need these virtua…
Behind the Scenes with Claudia Hart
In our series Behind the Scenes, artists answer questions about their creative process, philosophy, and more. This installme…