Honestly, Amy. I'm getting a little tired of you complaining. What's that? How would I like to be stuck in the 19th century?
Hmmm, well let me think about that for a moment.
Well, if I did live in the 1800s, why couldn't I take advantage of meeting the people I would love to have known, or even simply have a chat with? What about Charles Dickens? What about Abraham Lincoln? What about Louis Riel?
And what about Vincent van Gogh?
Yes? You would like to meet Vincent van Gogh? Yeah, I know he lived in the Netherlands, England and France, but still couldn't you somehow make it to him? How about taking a steamship?
The first steamship credited with crossing the Atlantic Ocean was the American ship, SS Savannah, on May 22, 1819, arriving in England on June 19th, 1819.
And what about the trains you'd have to take from there you ask? Yes, we'll have to look into those too, another day.
What's that? How old is Vincent van Gogh now, considering it's 1867 where you are? Well, yeah, he's only 14, but he's already showing an interest in art. Or you could wait a few years until he's older.
Okay, okay, sorry to upset you. Of course you want to come home to the 21st century soon.
Vincent van Gogh was born March 30, 1853, the eldest of six children. His father was a pastor. His daily work as an apprentice in an art dealership consisted of much contact with works of art, and he was soon enamoured with artists such as Rembrandt and other Dutch masters.
In England in the 1870s, he became a language teacher, and later in 1877 he worked for a bookseller in Dordecht, Western Netherlands.
After some missionary work, van Gogh became depressed, cutting himself off from everyone. This is when he began to draw in a serious manner, confining himself to drawings and watercolours. In 1882 he began experimenting with oil paint.
1886 found van Gogh in Paris, where his paintings became more colourful. In 1888 he left Paris for Arles, in southeast France.
It was Christmas Eve, 1888, when van Gogh cut off most of his left ear. Obviously ill with mental health problems, he was taken to a hospital.
Between 1889 and 1890, confined to an asylum, van Gogh painted from memory. This is when he painted "Sunflowers", "The Starry Night", "The Harvest", "Irises", and many others.
Van Gogh's paintings were largely unknown when he took his life in 1890.