Originally published Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 05:06p.m.

Artist Vincent Van Gogh was born in the Netherlands, but his art — through the eyes and hands of young students — lives on in Prescott Valley.

Fifth-grade teacher Katherine Rogge recently gave her students oil pastels and the direction to “paint Van Gogh style” making tiny marks and turning the cypress tress to Saguaro cactus.

Now on display in the Children’s Library section upstairs in the Prescott Valley Public Library, art lovers can look closely at students’ individualized renditions of Van Gogh-style art.

Where Van Gogh’s swirls depict wind, stars and the crescent moon of France, students were coaxed to make their skies reflect their own thoughts and imagination.

Vincent Van Gogh’s sister-in-law, after Vincent’s death, catalogued more than 1,300 watercolors and sketches and 860 paintings. He lived with mental illness and in poverty, and had sold only one painting for $1,000 before dying at age 37. Now, of course, he is a world-renowned artist and his paintings have been sold for as much as $83.5 million.

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