March 30 - Happy Birthday, Francisco Goya and Vincent Van Gogh!

  Posted on March 30, 2022

This is an update of my post published on March 30, 2011:

What a great day for art! Artist Franciso Goya was born in Spain on March 30, 1746...

...and Vincent van Gogh was born in the Netherlands March 30, 1853.

Goya was a Spanish Romantic-era painter who became a favorite of nobles and royals and, in 1789, was made court painter for Charles IV of Spain. Most of the art he produced at that time was portraits, but in his later years Goya experimented with other subjects, making prints of a series called The Disasters of War, for example, and painting pictures of bullfights. Upsetting stuff, for the most part!

One of the most disturbing things that Goya painted, to my mind, is the portrait of the Roman god Saturn devouring his son—partly because Goya painted it straight onto the walls of his own dining and sitting rooms! Yikes! How could anyone eat while staring at that mural????

Van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter. He is well known for his use of bright colors and for his contributions to the beginnings of modern art. He is also known for his depression. He severed his ear and even painted some self-portraits with his bandaged ear (he painted 37 self-portraits during his life!), and he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest (although he did live two days after he shot himself!).

Van Gogh's work include some of the most recognizable and expensive paintings in the world.

And, as far as I know, it was van Gogh's art that was first made into an immersive experience - which is now becoming popular for a variety of other incredible artists' work, as well.

I went to the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit.
Highly recommended!

Celebrate today by painting a picture!

You might like the inspiration found on KinderArt.

Or try these other art-oriented activities:
  • Read some bios, see some paintings, and do some puzzles on the Garden of Praise website. Goya and Van Gogh are both represented. 

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