Few painters could ever compare to the works of the great Vincent Van Gogh. Society referred to him as a genius for his post-Impressionist works. He was born in 1853 and tragically died in 1890. At the age of 37, his life was cut short by a gun shot wound.
Though Vincent was a genius, he was also known to have severe mental illness and also spend much of his life in turmoil. He began drawing as a child, but did not decide to become an artist until his life was almost over. The most famous of his paintings were not painted until the last two years of his life. His paintings were well known for their realism and their deadly accuracy on emotional turmoil.
His total paintings included just a collection of a mere 2,100 pieces. A favorite of self portraits and illusions, Van Gogh mostly painted in watercolors. Some say that his brilliant paintings were an inward genius displayed on canvas. Some feel that the mental illness had a direct link to his abilities. Oftentimes, those who suffer with mental illness are geniuses that the world does not understand, if true it would such be the case with Van Gogh.