Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch painter.
He was born in Zundert, Netherlands in 1853.
Growing up, van Gogh was very poor.
In fact, he had to leave school to find work when he was only 15.
His job was selling art from a London gallery.
He didn’t start making his own paintings until 1880.
Van Gogh painted often through the last decade of his life, but his struggles with mental illness made it difficult for him to work.
In 1888, he cut off his own ear.
A few months later, he decided to move into a psychiatric hospital so that he could recover.
While living there, he made the iconic painting The Starry Night.
Van Gogh’s work is very well-known today, but almost nobody knew his name when he was alive.
His paintings only became famous after his death in 1890.