: It's an understatement to say that the artist led an incredible life. Learn about the forces that caused him to create the stunning pieces of art that he did.
Thanks to the preservation of 1000's of letters Van Gogh had written to friends and family, especially to his brother Theo, we have a nearly complete understanding of his feelings, experiences, and views on every aspect of his life. Surprisingly, his incredible artistic talent went undeveloped and unrecognized until he was 27 years old, after he had already failed at two other career choices, as an art dealer and a Protestant minister. Under the shroud of family shame when he was found incompetent to follow in his father's ministerial foot steps, he began to study art. He obsessively poured himself into this newly found talent and completed thousands of sketches and oil paintings before he shot himself to death at the age of 37 years old.
Then, there is the Pinakothek der Moderne, which essentially is a collection of different museums containing the Bavarian State Collection of Modern and Contemporary Arts and the Museum for Design and Applied Arts among others.