The major era in Dutch art is the Golden Age, which ran from around 1620 to 1680. This era had a unique style and the artists working at this time produced new types of paintings, although they still had similarities with the Flemish Baroque styles. After this time, Dutch artists were still producing paintings but they did not have the same influence on European art.
In the 19th century the Hague School of art looked again at the Golden Age and reimagined some of the works of this time. This helped to bring Dutch art to the attention of the world again and there have been a number of artistic movements that have made a number of Dutch artists world-famous such as Mondrian and Van Gogh. In the case of both these artists, their most famous works were produced in other countries and they were not fully appreciated in their lifetimes.
Vincent Van Gogh is arguably the most famous Dutch artist ever. Born in 1853, he was part of the post-impressionism school of artists, making good use of bold colour. He had a tremendous influence on art in the 20th century although he died in 1890. His death was from a gunshot wound, widely considered to be suicide although there was no gun found when he was discovered.
At the time of his death, Van Gogh was a largely unknown artist although he had developed a reputation among other artists during the latter part of the 1880s. Exhibitions of his works after his death helped to bolster his reputation and fame and he was quickly recognised for his talent and skill.
Today, sales of Van Gogh’s works command some of the highest prices ever seen in the art world. A good example of this is his ‘Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear’ which sold privately for around $90 million.