Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland. His father was a pastor, that´s why he brought up in a religious and cultured atmosphere; Vincent was highly emotional and lacked self-confidence. Between 1860 and 1880, when he finally decided to become an artist, van Gogh had had two unhappy romances and had worked unsuccessfully in a bookstore, and in an art gallery. He went to Belgium to study art, because he wanted to give happiness by creating beauty. His first works are dark; the most famous is “The Potato Eaters” (1885). In that year van Gogh went to Antwerp where he discovered the works of Rubens and bought many Japanese prints.

Vincent Van Gogh

In 1886 he went to Paris to join his brother Théo, the manager of Goupil’s gallery. In Paris, van Gogh studied with Cormon, and he met Pissarro, Monet, and Gauguin, and began to lighten his very dark paintings. He was very nervous person and he became in a difficult companion and night-long discussions combined with painting all day damaged his health.

He decided to go south to Arles where he hoped his friends would join him and help found a school of art. Gauguin did join him but with terrible results. In a epileptic fit, van Gogh followed his friend with an open razor and he ended by cutting a portion of his ear lobe off. Van Gogh then began to alternate between fits of madness and lucidity and was sent to the asylum in Saint-Remy for treatment.

In 1890 he died shooting himself “for the good of all.” During his brief career he had sold one painting. Van Gogh’s finest works were produced in less than three years with a technique using symbolic and intense color and in the movement and vibration of form and line. Van Gogh is an inimitable artist, he used a fusion of form and content; his paintings are powerful; dramatic, lyrically rhythmic, imaginative, and emotional.

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El Rapto de Europa

 

El nombre del continente tiene una historia digna de colocar al inicio del blog, nos enfocamos al nombre de Europa hija de Agenor y Telefasa, la importancia de este personaje tiene como base un relato de la mitología griega.

El escenario es la playa de Sidón, lugar que forma parte de las tierras de Agenor, en donde Europa se encontraba jugando con algunas de sus compañeras.

Zeus al ver a Europa cae enamorado pero para poder llegar a ella se transforma en un toro de una blancura inimaginable y cuernos semejantes a la figura de una luna creciente, en esa figura Zeus se coloca a los pies de la chica que al principio se encontraba algo asustada pero al pasar del tiempo tomó confianza y se animo a quedar sentada sobre el lomo de Zeus dando la oportunidad de raptarla, finalmente la lleva a la isla de Creta en donde Zeus y Europa se unen bajo un banano el cual queda privilegiado al nunca perder sus hojas.

 

 

 

El Rapto de Europa

Europa dio a Zeus tres hijos llamados Minos, Sarpedón y Radamantis, finalmente la doncella queda protegida en la isla y muere casada con Asterion rey de Creta. Nunca concibió hijos con el rey de Creta sin embargo adoptan a los de Zeus.