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Troubled Genius (reposted from my other blog)

December 16, 2009

Vincent Van Gogh is definitely my favorite artist. Never mind that he was mentally ill. Never mind that he committed suicide. The mind of a genius is always difficult to understand. But through his artworks, you could get a glimpse of his thoughts and his emotions.

Van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist born on March 30, 1853, in Zundert, Netherlands. He was a son of a pastor. He was highly emotional, and he lacked confidence. He used to work as a clerk, an art salesman, and a preacher.

He is also famous for cutting off a portion of his own ear during his quarrel with Paul Gauguin. After the incident with Gauguin, Van Gogh began to alternate betwen fits of madness and lucidity. he was sent to an asylum for treatment. In 1890, he shot himself and died two days after.

All through his life, he was supported by his brother, Theo. Van Gogh wrote over 800 letters in his lifetime. The majority of them were to his brother. Theo supported Van Gogh is a lot of ways, even financially. Sadly, Theo died six months after he did. Theo’s wife collected Van Gogh’s artworks and letters and dedicated herself to getting Van Gogh’s work the recognition that it deserved.

In just a period of ten years, he was able to make approximately 900 paintings. He sold only one during his lifetime, and this painting only became famous after his death. Van Gogh’s most famous work, The Starry Night, was created while he was in the asylum of Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

His works include The Potato Eaters, Portrait of a Woman with Red Ribbon, Self Portrait with Dark Felt Hat, Portrait of a Man, Starry Night Over the Rhone, and Peach Tree in Blossom. There are a lot more paintings, and each of them has its own message.

Van Gogh is my favorite artist because I was influenced by my father. He was a fan of the artist. That’s one reason why my brother was named Vincent Aaron. Van Gogh was one of my father’s heroes (along with Fredddie Mercury). One of these days, I might write a blog about him. But for now, this is just about Van Gogh. The depressing mood, the sombre colors, the emotional pictures, and the notorious mental state- those are the things that make him one of the greatest artists to date.

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