My Favorite Painter

Julieta Lopez, Staff Writer

Born on March 30, 1853, Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch painter who is one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of art. This man didn’t have what we would say “normal life” because he suffered from severe mental disorders.

He was born with Bipolar Disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness. It’s a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

Van Gogh is known for his very well-known painting A Starry Night, and he is also known as the artist who cut off his own ear as he struggled with mental illness after the breakdown of his friendship with an artist. But a new study claims Vincent may have made up the story to protect painter Paul Gauguin who actually lopped it off with a sword during an argument.

He used to do a lot of self-portraits as a method to make money and a method of developing his skills as an artist. He even painted while he was at the asylum.

The reason I admire him and his work is because even though he had mental disorders he kept on painting, and art is one of my passions. So he really inspired me to be more intrigued with art.

Van Gogh has a special way of painting just like any other painter, but his style got my attention the most. My favorite painting is the Café Terrace at Night because I’ve always had a thing for landscape paintings or photos.