Vincent Van Gogh

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Biography of Vincent Van Gogh What drove Vincent Van Gogh, born March 30,1853, to his mental illness and suicide? Could it have been the many things he tried, but failed at in his life? He failed in many different careers, in love, and even his artwork. Van Gogh sold only one painting his entire life. Because of his mental illness, he was considered a crazy person. At the age of sixteen, Van Gogh went to go work with his Uncle Vincent, whom he was named after, as an art dealer at the Goupil and Co. This job had branches not only in Europe, but America also. Vincent was assigned the branch in London. There he got his first rejection in love. He fell in love with the daughter of his landlady. Van Gogh thought her feelings would be mutual, though she was not attracted to him. In fact, she was disgusted by him. She was engaged to be married, anyway. Because he was so hurt from this rejection, he took it out on his career. He told the costumers they were buying useless junk and insulted them for that. Van Gogh had to go to Paris and only his uncle's influence allowed him a second chance with the firm. His harsh behavior toward the costumers continued. In 1876, the Goupil's managers had to let him go. Van Gogh, being the son of a Lutheran minister, was very much drawn toward religion. Van Gogh decided to prepare himself for ministry by training in the study of theology. He failed at the courses and could not be the minister he hoped to become. Even though he failed the courses, he still had the desire to be a minister. His superiors sent him as a lay missionary to Belgium instead. There he wanted to be like his father and help out the unfortunates as a preacher. He tried to fight poverty through the teachings of Christ. Van Gogh's mission had to be discontinued. His approach to fighting poverty did not make his superiors happy. In 1879, he moved to his father's home in Ettan and stayed a while. He then left Ettan and went to The Hague. After leaving Belgium, he found he enjoyed painting stuff that moved him emotionally. He then thought painting would be the way to go in his life. Because Theo, his brother and only family member who really cared for Vincent, was delighted that Van Gogh was trying to find himself, Theo decided to send Vincent one hundred francs every month as an allowance. Van Gogh needed the money since he was a very poor man. When Van Gogh wa... ... middle of paper ... ...s. At home, holding the razor in one hand, he started high at the back end of the ear, and downward so that the lower part of his left ear was chopped off. He then wrapped the ear in a cloth and gave it as a "present" to a prostitute. Van Gogh later began having hallucinations of strange sounds and people trying to poison him. After the ear incident and these hallucinations, Van Gogh realized he was mentally insane and should send himself to a mental hospital at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. At the asylum, they locked up Vincent during attacks such as hallucinations. Vincent finally left the asylum, after staying a while. He then stayed with Theo and Theo's new wife, Jo. When Van Gogh learned information that Jo was pregnant, another attack came on. After three days, he decided it would be best if he left. On July 27, 1890, Vincent Van Gogh somehow got a hold of a gun. He went out to the country at the place he was staying at and shot himself in the upper abdomen. He walked up to his room and laid by himself bleeding to death, just like he had done after cutting off his ear. Theo arrived the next morning and stayed until Van Gogh died July 29, 1890 at the age of thirty-seven.

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  • Analyzes how vincent van gogh's mental illness and suicide drove him to try many things but failed at. he sold only one painting and was considered a crazy person.
  • Explains that van gogh, being the son of a lutheran minister, was drawn toward religion. he failed at the courses and could not be the minister he hoped to become.
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