In the world of art, Vincent van Gogh masterpieces are some of the most famous works of all. Vincent van Gogh created over 900 paintings in just under a decade and some of those works are indeed, masterpieces. Perhaps one of his most famous works of all is The Starry Night. Nearly everyone has seen a reproduction of this famous work and it is only one of van Gogh's unforgettable paintings.
"The Potato Eaters" (1885)
"The Potato Eaters" is thought to be Vincent van Gogh's first masterpiece. Influence by his time ministering to the working class, it depicts five people sitting at a table eating potatoes. The painting is dark, with very little color compared to van Gogh's later work. It is very intense, reflecting a variety of emotions in the faces, demonstrating only the beginning of van Gogh's emerging talent.
"Starry Night" (1889)
Vincent Van Gogh painted "Starry Night" toward the end his life, while living in an asylum in 1889. It is an immediately recognizable van Gogh, with its bold use of color and van Gogh's unmistakable Post-Impressionist style. "The Starry Night was painted from memory and shows the village of St. Remy, as viewed from the asylum where van Gogh had admitted himself for relief from his tormenting mental illness.
"The Sunflowers" (1888-1889)
"The Sunflowers" series of paintings are also Vincent van Gogh masterpieces. "The Sunflowers" series has a number of paintings, most of which were created in Arles, France in 1888 and 1889. These beautifully simple paintings are some of van Gogh's greatest works, with their magnificence due in part to the development of brighter, bolder pigments of the 19th century.
"The Red Vineyard" (1888)
Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime, "The Red Vineyard." Van Gogh painted three vineyards during his career and this one depicted harvesters at work in a field near Arles, in Provence.
Vincent van Gogh produced around 900 paintings during a 10-year period before he died at the age of 37 in 1890.