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12 Most Famous Paintings by Vincent Van Gogh

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In this article on Arthive, you will learn about 12 of the most famous paintings by the impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Read the reports and reviews of the authors of Arthive.
12 Most Famous Paintings by Vincent Van Gogh
Starting from Vincent Van Gogh’s first painting, he has been considered a true artist and influence in the community. Here mentioned are the 12 best pictures of Vincent Van Gogh, which you can easily recognize.

The Bedroom, 1888

This is considered to be one of the more famous Vincent Van Gogh paintings. This painting depicts a painting of the bedroom in his Yellow House. This room was decorated with simplistic furniture and had some of his previous work on the wall. The bright colors used in this picture were supposed to express absolute relaxation or sleep. However, several surveys and research have shown how the contrasting colors we see in the picture today result from discoloration with time, much like many other Van Gogh artworks. For instance, like the walls and doors like blue today, its original colors were purple. To the eyes of many, the rules of perspective have not been followed in this art; however, it was a choice Van Gogh deliberately made. You can find this painting in
The Bedroom, 1888
The Bedroom, 1888

Starry Night, 1889

One of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, The Starry night, has always been a people’s favorite. This painting shows you his view from the eastern window in his asylum at Saint-Remy. The time as well expressed in the picture is just before dawn. The picture also shows a village, which was totally imaginary. This picture has gained quite a critical acclaim for the style of paint and later went on to become Van Gogh’s trademark style. It has been located at the Museum of Modern Art as one of their permanent collections since the year 1941.
Starry Night, 1889
Starry Night, 1889

Café Terrace at Night, 1888

Another one of Vincent Van Gogh’s popular paintings, this painting was first exhibited in the year 1891, almost 3 years after it was finished. It was painted in Aries, France, sometime in mid-September. While the painting is not signed, you will find the artist mentioned in three letters. The artist had set up his easel on the north-eastern side of the café. Later in the years 1990 and 1991, the site was refurbished to look exactly like Vincent Van Gogh’s first painting. This picture aptly portrays the artificially lit terrace as well as the darkness of the routine, which further led up to a building. However, the former church you will see in the picture is now Musee Lapidaire.
Café Terrace at Night, 1888
Café Terrace at Night, 1888

Portrait of Dr. Gachet, 1890

Known as one of Vincent Van Gogh’s best paintings, this is now a part of someone’s private collection. It depicts the homeopathic doctor and artist, Paul Gachet, with whom Vincent Van Gosh resided following a spell in the asylum. Gachet was responsible for taking care of Van Gogh in his last years of life. However, not many people know there is two authenticated version of this portrait. While both were painted in the month of June in 1890 and depict Gachet leaning on his right arm, they can easily be distinguished by the style of painting and colors used. After being sold for 82.5 million dollars, it became one of the costliest paintings at that time.

Almond Blossoms, 1890

Undoubtedly one of the finest, Almond Blossoms, is a group of Vincent Van Gogh paintings made between 1888 to 1890 in Aries and Saint-Remy. As depicted by the famous sunflower painting, flowers were quite a forte of Van Gogh, and he loved drawing flowering trees as well. As mentioned by him, he thought of it as an awakening and a sign of hope. He really enjoyed blooming flowers aesthetically and would experiment on them with colors too. This work mainly reflects the influences of Divisionism, Impressionism
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, and even Japanese woodcuts. This famous Vincent Van Gogh painting was mainly made to celebrate the birth of his nephew.

Irises, 1889

Undoubtedly, Vincent van Gogh’s most famous painting of flowers is one of many in the series of paintings he made in his asylum studio. However, this holds a special place in the hearts of art enthusiasts as it was made in the last year before his death. Within only the first week of entering the asylum, Van Gogh started painting Irises, with inspiration from the hospital garden. However, you will not notice any high tension in this painting, which is quite present in his later works. Much like Almond Blossoms, this too was heavily inspired by Japanese woodwork at that time. You can still find this painting in the J. Paul Getty Museum.

The Potato Eaters, 1885

Quite deservedly considered one of the most famous Vincent Van Gogh paintings, this one was painted in April near Nuenen in the Netherlands. While you will find the original oil sketch
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in the Krroller-muller Museum in Otterio, he also made other lithographs of the painting, which are now held in different museums. This painting was mainly due to Theo, Van Gogh’s brother, not being happy with the sketches he made that year. He was looking for a different subject and focused on a few peasants eating potatoes, as it is aptly named. He was, however, criticized by his friend, another fellow artist, soon after he made this painting.

Wheat Field with Cypresses, 1889

One of three of Van Gogh’s famous paintings, the Wheat Field with Cypresses, is a part of his wheat field series and is quite celebrated in the community. All of these paintings were exhibited in his asylum, where Van Gogh was a voluntary patient. These works were mainly inspired by his window view of the Alpilles Mountains. This picture makes use of mainly soothing colors like golden, white, green, and sea-green for the sky. Much like Starry Night, this painting, too, showcases Van Gogh’s original stroking style. Van Gogh himself regarded this painting as one of his best summer artworks.

Van Gogh self-portrait, 1886-89

Van Gogh made quite a few self-portraits throughout his career. These dozens of self-portraits were a way for him to experiment and practice a new way of painting or stroking. He usually used a mirror to depict himself in the paintings, which only means his right side of the face is truly his left. Starting from 1886, he continued creating self-portraits till 1889, one year before he passed away. All his self-portrait from the asylum shows the artist’s head from the left, which had the non-mutilated ear.

Wheatfield With Crows, 1890

Another masterpiece from his wheat field series, this painting has been often cited by several critics and is considered to be one of the best works of Vincent van Gogh. It is commonly known to be his final painting, but there is no clear historical record to show which one truly was. Made on a double-square canvas, this painting depicts a moody cloudy sky with flying crows over a wheat field. A sense of isolation can be perceived as the central path leads nowhere, and the direction of the crows' flight is uncertain.

Sunflowers, 1887

Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflower painting has a separate fan base of its own. It is the name of two series of still life paintings by him. While the first series depicts a flower lying on the ground, the second and more popular Sunflower painting by Van Gogh shows a bouquet of flowers in a vase. Both these sets in the artist’s mind are linked to one of his friends, Paul Gauguin. He had hoped to welcome and impress his friend with these paintings.

The Night Café, 1888

Le Café De Nuit or The Night Café was one of Vincent Van Gogh’s artworks that he made in Aries and is quite well-known in the community. He had also inscribed the title of the painting under his signature on the canvas. Currently held in the Yale University Art Gallery, this depicts the interior of Café de la Gare in the year 1888.