19th Century Tidbits

United States
January 26, 2016 10:23pm CST
I wanted to continue my research on the 19th Century, even though not very many people are interested in reading it. At least, I will have it in my documents, for my own benefit, anytime I want to read it again. In 1852, the Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi was born near Barcelona, Spain, where he was trained and did most of his work. He had original ideas about how buildings should be designed and many of those buildings have no straight walls or right-angles. His most famous buildings are the Casa Mila and the unfinished Church of the Sagrada Familia. It is from his name, that the word gaudy was formulated and we all know what that means today. In 1853, Vincent Van Gogh was born in the Netherlands. He later moved to Paris and then to Arles in southern France. Sunflowers was probably one of his most famous paintings. He painted over 800 paintings but he only sold one in his lifetime. He committed suicide in 1890. It seems to be a common thing for an artist’s painting to be worth much more after they die. What a shame!
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@louievill (15557)
• Philippines
27 Jan 16
Vincent Van Gogh , sort of lost he's mind and chopped he's ears off. Another famous work is " Starry starry night" popularized by Don Mclean in he's song "Vincent" during the 70's, that was the first time I heard about the artist when i was a teenager.
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@topffer (28557)
• France
27 Jan 16
The painting he sold, "Red vineyards in Arles", is an incredible masterpiece actually in a museum in Moscow, and it is weird to quite never see it in books about Van Gogh.
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@louievill (15557)
• Philippines
27 Jan 16
@topffer The same way some old masters work have never been seen. I think they are just lying in Swiss banks, part of what the Nazis stole all over Europe during the last world war. Now back to Vincent, my Uncle who also paints as a hobby once told me that Van Gogh has like a different sense of color that people during he's time did not appreciate, he further told me that he's works were like a picture from a large Japanese Sony CRT television that's out of focus, and unadjusted brightness, obviously it came centuries later, I told him "probably it's just a coincidence" and he replied "we would never know what's going on inside he"s brain, the brain of a genius ahead of he's time"
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• United States
27 Jan 16
Van Gogh was certainly an interesting person. I sort of remember that song you mentioned. I'll see if I can find it on YouTube.
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@jstory07 (57665)
• Roseburg, Oregon
27 Jan 16
That is sad that their sork is worth more after they die.
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• United States
27 Jan 16
Yes, it is sad. It has happened to a lot of artists, unfortunately.