The great Vincent Van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter; his work was well known but was not widely appreciated during his lifetime. Van Gogh is famous for his rough beauty, bold colour and most famously his floral canvas art such as his Sunflowers series.
Van Gogh previously worked as a teacher, then a preacher in a Belgium mining community before becoming an artist in 1880 at the age of 27. He moved around teaching himself to draw and paint whilst his brother Theo provided financial support. Eventually in 1886 Van Gogh joined his brother in Paris. Whilst there he met many great artists and due to the influence of impressionism Van Gogh’s style changed, he used brighter colours and was bolder. In 1888 Van Gogh moved to Arles, where he painted several versions of landscapes with flowers and flowers suchas Irises, roses and most notably Sunflowers. Whilst in Arles Van Gogh befriended Paul Gauguin, who was a leading French post-impressionist artist. After an argument with Gauguin, Van Gogh feeling deeply remorseful cut off part ofhis ear, these were the first signs of mental illness.
Mental illness deeply affected Van Gogh and his work. He spent a lot of time in and out of psychiatric hospitals. His works reflected this by having such bright and intense colours. In 1890 whilst suffering from depression, Van Gogh shot himself and died two days later. At Mohka we're inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s works, especially his floral canvas artwork, we love the bright and intense colours. We think Van Gogh died too young, he was such a talented artist and with more time could have gone on to produce even more amazing pieces of art. Although he was under-appreciated during his lifetime he will never be forgotten, he has left a legacy and is still an inspiration to many.