van Gogh, Vincent

[ (van goh, vahn khohkh) ]

A nineteenth-century Dutch painter. Van Gogh, a troubled genius who cut off one of his ears in a fit of depression, eventually committed suicide. His work, though virtually unknown during his lifetime, is now highly regarded. Starry Night and Sunflowers are two of his best-known paintings.

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