10 FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT VINCENT VAN GOGH

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If you’re looking for where to go in Dubai or Abu Dhabi or some of the UAE’s best attractions – then look no further! Van Gogh Alive will be arriving in the UAE from January 14th – February 26th at Abu Dhabi National Theatre and at Dubai Design District from March 11th – April 23rd.

Combining specially chosen score of classical music with over 3000 images. You’ll see some of the artist’s most famous paintings as well as other inspirational images displayed on the walls, floor and ceiling of the exhibition using 40 high-definition projectors – it’s one of the best places to visit in the UAE and one not to be missed!

With the arrival of Van Gogh Alive in the UAE, we’ve put together the ten must-know facts about the man himself.

  1. He had a brother with the same name – Vincent had an older brother who died at birth, his name was also Vincent Van Gogh.
  2. His most famous artwork was created while in an asylum – He painted one of his most famous paintings, ‘Starry Night’ while in an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France. Available to experience at both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai exhibitions.
  3. He only sold one painting while he was alive – Although he painted more than 900 paintings in his lifetime, he only sold one painting in that time, The Red Vineyard. Van Gogh became famous only after his death.
  4. It’s still unclear whether his death was suicide – Van Gogh died in 1890 under mysterious circumstances. One theory is that he committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest, but a recent theory also suggests that there is a possibility he was murdered.
  5. He was too poor to pay his models – When Van Gogh first began painting he used peasants to model as he was too poor to hire real models.
  6. He suffered from multiple illnesses – The main condition Van Gogh suffered from was thought to be temporal epilepsy, a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent and unprovoked seizures. During one of his seizures, he attempted to attack his friend Paul Gauguin with an open razor which resulted in Vincent cutting off a piece of his own ear – but not the whole ear as is often rumored.
  7. The colours we see in his paintings are not as he intended – Although Van Gogh is famous for the rich colours in his work, the colours we see are actually not what he intended – particularly the yellow tones. Van Gogh used an unstable pigment called ‘chrome yellow’ that was prone to fading or browning over time, so we can only imagine the luminosity his paintings once held. If you’re stuck for what to do in the UAE this weekend, come and experience the colours yourself!
  8. His sister-in-law made him famous – After both his brothers died, his sister-in-law Johanna inherited hundreds of paintings and made it her mission to promote Van Gogh’s work, loaning pieces to various exhibitions.
  9. He wrote over 800 letters in his life – Mainly to his brother, Theo, who financially supported Van Gogh for most of his life. His letters were later published by his sister-in-law, Joanna, in an effort to have his life story heard.
  10. He aspired to be a pastor – Although Van Gogh went on to be one of the world’s most famous artists (albeit without him knowing), his earliest career aspiration was to be a pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church, following in his father’s footsteps.

When: Abu Dhabi, 14th January - 26th February. Dubai, 11th March - 23rd April

Where: Abu Dhabi National Theatre and Dubai Design District

Tickets purchased through: Platinum List, Virgin Megastore, Dubai Calendar app