We know a great deal about Vincent van Gogh’s life from the letters between him and his brother Theo.
Van Gogh was the son of a preacher and Vincent preached early in his career, but his intensity and devotion to his flock proved too much for the church hierarchy. Today Vincent is a revered, somewhat Christ-like figure to many artists and art lovers. In his lifetime he sold one painting only.
Vincent lived and worked with Paul Gauguin for three months in 1888. They would paint passionately and argue about art passionately. One time Gauguin said to Vincent, ” you overload your brush and you paint too fast.”
Vincent thought for a moment and replied, ” you look too fast.”