He is the tragic genius who painted sunflowers and starry nights like no one before him. One would be hard pressed to find someone who never heard of Vincent Willem Van Gogh. His name alone conjures images of layered brush strokes and brilliant color giving us timeless expressions of rural landscapes and 19th century life.
Van Gogh was born March 30, 1853 in Zundert, Holland. He began painting in 1880 with the hope of “inspiring happiness and creating beauty” through his work. Within 10 years he created nearly 2100 artworks including 860 oil paintings most of which were created during the last 2 years of his life. In his lifetime he sold one painting “The Red Vineyard” for 400 Francs.
Much of his work today is consider masterful coveted by museums and collectors and commercialized to the point that his style has become universally recognizable. Few people however are aware that Van Gogh also painted horses.
He lived during a time when horses were ubiquitous. They were transportation and delivery for a generation just being introduced to railways. For a man who painted every day genre it is not surprising that Van Gogh painted horses though they were not his favorite subject.
To celebrate Van Gogh’s birthday, we share this visual retrospective of his horse paintings and drawings. Tap for a retrospective catalog of Van Gogh’s work.
Vincent Willem Van Gogh, 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890
Photography Courtesy: the Van Gogh Museum
Feature Image Detail from the Painting, “A Road in Auvers after the Rain”, 1890. Oil on canvas. The Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia.