Before exploring this section further, here is some general information about Vincent.
What most people know about this painter is that he was quite a weird person who cut his ear off and who made very remarkable, very expensive paintings. But if this is all you know about him, you do him wrong ...
As an artist he was only ten years active, but in that time he made approximately 900 paintings and many more drawings. When you see his work you'll be able to recognize a man who was totally devoted to the art of painting and drawing. He absorbed all the techniques and styles of painting and made lots of experiments to develop his own style of working. He was inspired by Holbein, a German painter of the early Renaissance, the romantic realism of Millet, whom he called his father, the impressionism, the pointillism, the style of his brother in art Gauguin, and the rhythm of colors and lines of the Japanese woodcuts which were very popular in Europe at the end of the 19th century. All this and more, he used to make his paintings and try to share how he saw and experienced life. That's why it is quite difficult to place him in a trend. Yet his paintings are easy to recognize because of his way of painting: heavy strokes, brilliant flaming colors and significant outlines, as seen in this painting.
Vincent was a self-taught man, an autodidact. He taught himself how to paint and to draw, just by doing it and just to look at everything he painted or drew with great respect and love.
For six months Vincent lived at Etten where his father was a clergyman. In the environment of Etten and St. Willebrord Vincent made lots of sketches of the landscape and of the people living there. When he moves to The Hague he started painting, first with dark brown, grey, black and ochre colors, later on in France under influence of the different light and colors he made brighter and more colorful paintings and he develops his own famous style. During his life he got no recognition as a painter. Just after his death, he achieved the fame he deserves.