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Vincent Van Gogh: The Struggling Artist

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Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, one of the most influential painters in Western art. His series of still life sunflowers are known around the world today, but during his lifetime in the 1800s he lived in poverty, selling incredibly little of his work, some say just one painting, and suffered several serious breakdowns. One of his most famous paintings - The Starry Night - is said to be the view from his room in a French psychiatric hospital where he'd admitted himself shortly after severing his own left ear. Bridget Kendall looks at the man behind these iconic paintings, explores how and why he became a painter and picks apart the various theories around his death from a gunshot wound at the age of just 37

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