Thursday, August 23, 2007

Van Gogh...What a Guy

Today the Art 1 classes were finishing their contour line sunflowers. We got online and researched Van Gogh. His life was pretty amazing. Most people know him as the crazy guy who cut off his ear and gave it to his "girlfriend" or as the dude that painted Starry Night.

But ya know, there is a lot more to him. He only painted in the last 10 years of his life and he died at 37. In those 10 years, he painted over a 1000 paintings. You do the math! Heck I can't get some of you to paint one picture in a nine weeks! His painting style was not popular at all when he was around. No one wanted to buy anything from him. And now, one of his self portraits sold for over 71 million dollars. Amazing. I don't if you know when he was born and I don't care that you know when he died, but what I do want you to know about this guy...he was young and not well respected...he was a genius with line and color...his famous works include Starry Night and various haystacks and sunflowers...his pictures all have a great sense of movement...and he was a Post-Impressionist Artist.

Don't forget, while you are online, check out some artists!

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