Places that inspired Vincent van Gogh's famous paintings

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life.

Born into an upper-middle-class family, Van Gogh drew as a child and was serious, quiet and thoughtful. His early works, mostly still lifes and depictions of peasant labourers, contain few signs of the vivid color that distinguished his later work. As his work developed he created a new approach to still lifes and local landscapes. His paintings grew brighter in color as he developed a style that became fully realized during his stay in Arles in the south of France in 1888.

Van Gogh was unsuccessful during his lifetime and was considered a madman and a failure. He became famous after his suicide, and exists in the public imagination as the quintessential misunderstood genius, the artist "where discourses on madness and creativity converge”. His reputation began to grow in the early 20th century as elements of his painting style came to be incorporated by the Fauves and German Expressionists. He attained widespread critical, commercial and popular success over the ensuing decades, and is remembered as an important but tragic painter, whose troubled personality typifies the romantic ideal of the tortured artist.

#1 Starry Night Over the Rhône

#2 The Harvest

#3 The Church at Auvers


#5 Terrace of a Café at Night

#6 Garden of the Hospital in Arles

#7 The Town Hall at Auvers


#9 First Steps (after Millet)

#10 The Fields

#11 Mademoiselle Gachet in her garden at Auvers-sur-Oise

#12 The entrance to the public garden in Arles

#13 The Yellow House

#14 The Langlois Bridge At Arles With Women Washing



Text source: Wikipedia | Paintings by Vincent Van Gogh | Photographs by Mike Marsham