Dutch Post-Impressionist painter
Vincent Willem van Gogh
March 30, 1853
in the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands
One of the most famous and influential figures in Western art history.
In just a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and self-portraits,. Characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art.
Amazingly, he wasn’t commercially successful, he struggled with severe depression and poverty, eventually leading to suicide at age thirty-seven.
An artist with a huge following and bibliography and a very recognizable style, who has inspired artists, musicians, film directors and so many of us!
So here’s a glimpse of this master’s work & a few words
❝ Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.❞
❝ Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.❞
❝ Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.❞
❝ It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.❞
❝ A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.❞
❝ I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.❞
❝ The way to know life is to love many things.❞
❝ Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.❞
❝ Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.❞
❝ I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.❞
❝ For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.❞
❝ I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed.❞
❝ The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.❞
❝ Conscience is a man’s compass.❞
❝ There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.❞
Can’t think of a better closing for this tribute other than
Martin Scorsese as Vincent van Gogh
*Van Gogh’s last painting