Vincent van Gogh, ‘Landscape at Saint-Rémy (Enclosed Field with Peasant)’, 1889, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Gift of Mrs James W. Fesler in memory of Daniel W. and Elizabeth C. Marmon

About Vincent van Gogh

Primarily self-taught and unappreciated during his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh made over 900 paintings and 1,100 works on paper during the decade that he worked as an artist. Influenced by Jean-Francois Millet and the Barbizon School artists, van Gogh’s early work comprises dour portraits of Dutch peasants and depressing rural landscapes. In 1886-88 he moved to Paris, where Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism had a big impact on his painting. He brightened his palette, experimented with shorter brushstrokes, impasto, and complementary colors. The paintings he made in Paris announce the bolder Post-Impressionist style that he is best known for today. Emotionally unstable, humorless, and argumentative, van Gogh eventually had a breakdown and moved to an asylum in the south of France where he painted landscapes, portraits, interiors and still lifes steeped with personal symbolism.

Dutch, 1853-1890, Zundert, Netherlands, based in Arles, France, Saint-Rémy, France and Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Fort Worth,
A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection
2016
Amsterdam,
On the Verge of Insanity. Van Gogh and his illness