Today in World History: March 30th

Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, famous for his painting Starry Night, was born on this day in 1853. He traveled frequently between the major European cities of London, Paris, and The Hague, and orginally taught and traveled as a pastor. He was deeply religious, and although becoming a preacher was his childhood dream, he began painting during his travels. Van Gogh often painted wheat fields and farms, and other natural landscapes. As he reached adulthood, van Gogh’s mental state began to deteriorate. He famously cut off his own ear with a razor, sending it to his contemporary, Gaugin. Although his ear healed, Van Gogh’s sanity continued to disappear and he spiraled into depression and anxiety, until at the age of thirty-eight, in 1890, he shot himself in the head, ending the life of one of the most celebrated Dutch artists of all time.

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

-Vincent Van Gogh

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