Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot Zundert, The Netherlands on 30 March 1853. He is the son of Theodor us van Gogh and Anna Cornelia Carbentus. Van Gogh attended a boarding school in Zevenbergen for two years and then went on to attend the King Willem II secondary school in Tilburg for two more years. Then at the age of 15 he left his studies. Vincent's two uncles and his younger brothers are art dealers and the in flounced Vincent greatly. Vincent also became an art dealer for seven more years.

Then he move to London and visited many art galleries and museums. In autumn of 1880, after more than a year living as a pauper in the Borinage, Vincent left for Brussels to begin his art studies. Then in 1881 Vincent applied for study at the Ecole des Beaux-Art in Brussels, but Vincent's application for admission was never accepted. Vincent Still continued drawings lessons on his own, taking examples from such books as Travaux des champs by Jean-Francois Millet and Cours de des sin by Charles B argue. Later Vincent took a room at the Caf'e de la Gare at 10 Place Lamartine in early May and rented his famous 'Yellow House' as a studio and storage area. Vincent worked diligently throughout the spring and summer and began to send Theo shipments of his works.

Vincent made friends with Paul-Eug " ene Millie t and another Zouave soldier and painted their portraits. Then his brother Theo ran out of money to support him. In late July, however, Van Gogh's Uncle Vincent died and left a legacy to Theo. This financial influx would enable Theo to sponsor Gauguin's move to Arles.

Theo was motivated both as a concerned brother and also as a business man. Theo felt that Vincent would be happier and more stable in the company of Gauguin and also Theo had hopes that the paintings he would receive from Gauguin, in exchange for his support, would turn a profit. Unlike Vincent, Paul Gauguin was beginning to see a small degree of success from his works. Despite the improved state of Theo's financial affairs, Vincent nevertheless remained true to form and spent a disproportionate amount of his money on art supplies instead of the basic necessities of life. Malnourished and overworked, Van Gogh's health declined early October, but he was heartened upon receiving confirmation that Gauguin would join him in the south. Vincent worked hard to prepare the Yellow House in order to make Gauguin feel welcome.

Gauguin arrived in Arles by train early on 23 October. The next two months would be pivotal, and disastrous, for both Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Initially Van Gogh and Gauguin got on well together, painting on the outskirts of Arles, discussing their art and differing techniques. The relationship between Van Gogh and Gauguin deteriorated throughout December. Then their arguments became more and more frequent. Relations between the pair declined in tandem with Vincent's state of mental health.

On 23 December Vincent van Gogh, in an irrational fit of madness, mutilated the lower portion of his left ear. He severed the lobe with a razor, wrapped it in cloth and then took it to a brothel and presented it to one of the women there. Vincent then staggered back to the Yellow House where he collapsed. He was discovered by the police and hospitalized at the H^o tel-Dieu hospital in Arles. After sending a telegram to Theo, Gauguin left immediately for Paris, choosing not to visit Van Gogh in the hospital. Van Gogh and Gauguin would later correspond from time to time, but would never meet in person again.

Vincent was quite productive in terms of his art throughout January and early February, producing some of his best known works such as La Berceuse and Sunflowers. On 7 February, however, Vincent suffered another attack in which he imagined himself being poisoned. Once again, Vincent was taken to the H^o tel-Dieu hospital for observation. Van Gogh was kept in the hospital for ten days, but returned once again to the Yellow House. Later Van Gogh left Arles on May 8 th. After he left and went to asylum he painted one of his most famous paintings Starry Night.

Then after he returned to Paris to be treated under Dr. Paul Ga chet, he killed himself on 29 July 1890.