Born in the Netherlands, Vincent Willem van Gogh describes his childhood as cold and lonely. Unsuccessful as an art dealer and minister, he moves to Brussels to become an artist. He studies under his second cousin Anton Mauve before discovering oils and exhibiting his work for the first time. In Antwerp, Vincent lives on bread, coffee and tobacco while attending the Academy of Fine Arts.
He shows up at his brother Theo’s house in Paris, where he is first exposed to Impressionism. In Arles, he sips on turpentine and eats paint while hoping to create an art colony. When Paul Gauguin visits, they argue and Van Gogh cuts off part of his own ear. He admits himself to an asylum where he paints some of his most famous works. On July 27, 1890, Van Gogh shoots himself with a revolver and dies in his brother’s arms two days later.
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