Vincent Willem Van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland on March 30, 1853. Before he was born, his mother had recently had a stillborn with the same name as his; Vincent. The child's gravestone was not far from their home. His father was a Protestant minister. Vin was raised in a household including five other children. As a youngster, he grew up with his parents in a small town called Groot- Zundert located in the Netherlands. It was fairly close to the Belgian borders. Growing up in his small town, his education came from the small school he attended in the village. There was a religious school he was registered into also. He was a part of a boarding school and there he learned languages such as English, French, and German. Since he was the son of a pastor and was raised in a religious atmosphere, he was determined to be a pastor before he discovered art (which was not the best outlet either, because it never provided him money except for once). Van Gogh’s mother was very encouraging towards him and his art abilities. Because of this, he drew and painted as a teenager on a regular basis.
As an adult, he constantly searched for jobs and opportunities that were not art related. Each time, he was rejected due to overzealousness. Finally, as a last resort, he dedicated his time and life towards art. He would visit museums and took classes in Brussels for his art. Here, not only did he learn to paint, but also to draw. Most of his work is self taught though. The artist's sister described him as a being with a very down-to-Earth personality. His hobbies and liking's were revolved around flowers, birds, and insects. His love for nature has an extreme impact on his art choice and style and has heavily influenced him. All his life he struggled his mental problems such as depression, fits, and breakdowns. Van Gogh did cut off his ear lobe and he was placed into an asylum prior to his death. This lead him to believe that he was an complete and utter failure in art. During his life, he never had children or even married. This man eventually passed away due to suicide when he was only the age of 37 on the date of July 29, 1890.