Painter of the Week: Vincent van Gogh. Today: The Potato Eaters. April 1885. Oil on canvas. 82 × 114 cm. (32.3 × 44.9 in). Van Gogh Museum
Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a post-Impressionist painter of Dutch origin whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted (although no gun was ever found).[note 2] His work was then known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still.