Vincent van Gogh [1853 – 1890]

Self-Portrait
Dutch Post-Impressionist painter

Vincent Willem van Gogh

was born,

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
The Pink Orchard also Orchard with Blossoming Apricot Trees

Tree Roots

❝ Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.❞

Eugène Boch, (The Poet Against a Starry Sky)

Irises

❝ Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.❞

Vase with Twelve Sunflowers

Wheat Field with Cypresses

❝ Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.❞

La Berceuse (Augustine Roulin)
Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background
Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette

❝ 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.❞

White House at Night

Ward in the Hospital in Arles

❝ A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.❞

The Church at Auvers
Sunflowers
Wheat Field at Auvers with White House

❝ I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.❞

View of Arles, Flowering Orchards
Memory of the Garden at Etten
Portrait of Père Tanguy

❝ The way to know life is to love many things.❞

The Sower
Prisoners’ Round (after Gustave Doré)
The Red Vineyard
Van Gogh’s Chair
Paul Gauguin’s Armchair

❝ Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.❞

The Night Café
Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds
Portrait of Artist’s Mother

❝ Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.❞

The Old Mill
Sorrowing Old Man (‘At Eternity’s Gate’)

❝ I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.❞

Bedroom in Arles
Courtesan
The Yellow House

❝ For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.❞

The Potato Eaters
Road with Cypress and Star
Worn Out
The Sower with Setting Sun

❝ I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed.❞

Vase with Fourteen Sunflowers
The Starry Night
Wheat Fields

❝ The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.❞

Portrait of the Postman Joseph Roulin
Rain
Cypresses

❝ Conscience is a man’s compass.❞

Almond Blossom
L’Arlésienne – Madame Ginoux with Books
Sorrow
Le Moulin de Blute-Fin

❝ 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.❞

Farm with Stacks of Peat
Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries
Still Life with Open Bible, Extinguished Candle and Novel
Vase with Irises Against a Yellow Background
Starry Night Over the Rhone

Self Portraits

Can’t think of a better closing for this tribute other than

Crows*

from

Akira Kurosawa

film

Dreams

Martin Scorsese as Vincent van Gogh

Wheatfield with Crows

*Van Gogh’s last painting

For more information on Van Gogh:

https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/art-and-stories/art/vincent-van-gogh

https://www.vincentvangogh.org/

https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/gogh/hd_gogh.htm

https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/who-is/who-vincent-van-gogh

https://vangoghworldwide.org/

https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio/artists/vincent-van-gogh

https://www.moma.org/artists/2206

https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/vincent-van-gogh

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/vincent-van-gogh

https://www.nga.gov/features/slideshows/vincent-van-gogh.html

https://www.sompo-museum.org/en/collection/gogh/

https://www.fondation-vincentvangogh-arles.org/en/documentation-2/vincent-van-gogh/la-vie-de-vincent-a-arles/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh

Enjoy!

37 replies »

  1. I always feel if people like him could just have ‘broken through’ and had a different way to interpret their unusual perceptions, they might have been able to stabilize and not kill themselves.

  2. I recognize many of these paintings.
    Yet, you say he did 2100 works.
    It seems there are many of his works being hoarded.
    That video is quite fabulous.
    Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  3. Thank you for this, Marina. I love that you chose many of the paintings that didn’t show up in the Immersive. And thank you so much for the movie! I had never seen it. It is brilliant.
    Why, oh why do the most brilliant minds have so short a flame? Why do so many not ever know of just how brilliant they will become?
    Fabulous post, my friend.

    • Why indeed, my dear Dale. So unfair… His flame however was so strong that in such little time he created so many masterpieces… unfathomable. So happy you enjoyed this journey and so happy I introduced A.K. Dreams to you. I’m pretty sure you’ll love all the other dreams too!
      Many hugs your way! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  4. Years ago (1993?) I rented the video tape of Dreams for a date. I liked the movie, she hated it… lol. Great little tribute to Vincent, both yours and Akira Kurosawa’s clip.

    • Ah, that’s great!!!!
      Funny thing is that I was certain I had done a tribute but then I realized that he was the first one that started off this series, so it was quite short! 😉 Glad you enjoyed the journey! Yamas!

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