Van Gogh's paintings are the first brightly colored paintings of the 19th century. Van Gogh's decade worth of art are world famous. Van Gogh came to art in Holland where he grew up. It was a period of religious and moral preoccupation. He was a peasant painter. He moved to Paris and his new art was Impressionism and Japanese. He called the Impressionists, The Japanese of France. Japanese Art enjoyed its highest prestige in 1888 France. Van Gogh wanted his paintings to say something comforting like music is comforting. Van Gogh was drawn to people and he made friends with Raulin, a postman in Arles who he painted several times. He painted Raulin's wife and children as well. In one two year span he did 22 Portraits. Van Gogh painted flowers such as Oleanders, Sunflowers, Irises, Etc. He painted the Public park in France and a still life of oranges and lemons. He painted even in the hospital and asylum and eventually he committed suicide. His paintings live on.