Happy Birthday to Vincent van Gogh! Born in the Netherlands on this day in 1853, the post-Impressionist icon would be 161 if he were still alive today. Though he lived to be only 37, he left behind a legacy of works to be admired for years to come—including a favorite of our collection, “Sunflowers.” We love van Gogh for daring to be different from his soft-spoken Impressionist contemporaries with his use of layered paint and thick brush strokes. Though his work was not well received by critics during his lifetime, it has definitely landed him a spot as one of the greatest artists of all time.
“Sunflowers,” 1888 or 1889, Vincent Willem van Gogh