Van Gogh began to pain when he was 27 years old. He never took a formal lesson. He met the Impressionists in Paris who greatly influenced his work. He spent about 5 years learning his craft. Not many of those early works survived. Almost all of what he created was produced in the next 5 years. He died at only 37 years old. Think of the impact those 5 years of work has made on the world. On his death bed, he said to his brother, Theo, “Who could believe that life could be so sad?"

Arles Garden Van Gogh