Tuesday, 26 April 2011

V is for Vincent



Vincent van Gogh

30th March 1853 - 29th July 1890




Vincent, a Dutch post impressionist painter, who only sold one painting during his life is now one of the worlds most famous artists. Like many creative people he led a troubled life with various bouts of mental health problems.

As well as painting he is also famous for self harming, resulting in cutting off his own ear, or part of it. Finally in frustration from being at the peak of his ability, but being too depressed to work, he shot himself in the chest with a revolver dying 2 days later from the wounds inflicted.

Possibly even more famous than Vincent himself, is the song written about him by Don Mclean. This is from the 1971 album American Pie that also features a track that shares the Albums title.

I found the following video on YouTube that combines the song and the art perfectly.


Van Gogh's style may not suit everyone but much of modern art is influenced by and inspired by his work. Our world would be quite dull without the colours and vibrancy we have become used to.

8 comments:

mybabyjohn said...

Sometimes from the darkest places come the most brilliant works.

Darlene said...

It's sad that his art was not appreciated until he was gone. Loved the video.

Steph said...

There was a great Dr Who episode of Van Gogh, well worth a watch and very sensitive on the mental health issues too!

Wanton Redhead Writing said...

Starry Night is my daughter's favorite Van Gogh and she loves all of his work. She painted it as a mural onto her bedroom wall when she was 16 and it was amazing.

Glad to follow ya.

Laura said...

I love Van Gogh and remember crying all night as a kid when I had learned how he died and how unhappy he was - I just couldn't understand how he could be so sad when he could create such beautiful work. I do understand it a lot better now unfortunately.
Lx

Sarah Allen said...

One of my favorite painters ever! Plus there's a really good doctor who episode featuring him...

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Better is Possible said...

I love Van Gogh. He is one artist that often is studied at elementary school. The subsequent art masterpiece - in the Van Gogh style are always interesting.

Nate Wilson said...

Not my favorite artist -- that'd be surrealists and hyper-realists -- but Van Gogh is tops in post-Impressionism. And as you note, his troubled life makes his story all the more interesting.

(It also made me think of this remake of his self-portrait.)

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