VINCENT VAN GOGH
In 1880, van Gogh writes to his brother Theo, to help support him financially, which Theo complied. In 1882, Van Gogh suffered from gonorrhea and at different times in his life he suffered from epilepsy, dipsomania and schizophrenia.
Van Gogh moved to Paris in 1886 to study the works of Monet and Degas. He became friends with another artist, Paul Gaugin. In 1888, van Gogh moved to Arles in the South of France to set up an artist colony with Paul Gaugin. He produced over 200 pictures in a year and developed his trademark painting style of colorful paintings and broad brush strokes. Van Gogh and Paul Gaugin began fighting. After a violent fight, Gaugin left and Van Gogh cut off his own ear in a fit of mental derangement . He wrapped the ear in a newspaper and took it as a present to a prostitute, named Rachel at a brothel. Van Gogh committed himself to a Asylum in Saint Remy.
In 1889 Van Gogh was severly depressed and created one of the world's most famous paintings "Starry Night." On July 27, 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into the fields and shot himself in the chest with a revolver. He died 2 days later on July 29, 1890.
Van Gogh only sold 1 painting in his lifetime. Today, Every Van Gogh painting sells for millions of dollars each and are considered priceless collectibles. Van Gogh's famous "Sunflowers" painting sold for $39 million in 1988 (now worth $84 million) and Van Gogh's portrait of his doctor, Dr. Gachet was sold for $82 million in 1990 (now worth $152 million).