I was trying to paint a picture today, but seems the color i was using was just a pigment of my imagination...

 

Vincent van gogh was sick. There is no argument about it. And I am not talking about "look, that guy is sick, he sent his ear to a prostitute as a gift". Real sick. Medically.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Vincent VanGogh - The Sick

Vincent van gogh was sick. There is no argument about it. And I am not talking about "look, that guy is sick, he sent his ear to a prostitute as a gift". Real sick. Medically. There are different hypothesis about what did he suffer from. Some say mine're disease, a disorder that affect the equilibration system. Some say he had metal poisoning from the paint brushes he was obsessively sucking on (and we will not get into the Freudian sickness of sucking your paint brushes), and others say he was on the verge of an absinthe induced psychosis.

Anyway, normal he wasn’t.
(and yes, one of the very first small hints to that fact, is cutting your ear off and sending it to a prostitute as a gift, but that is besides the point and I really don’t understand why you insist on always coming back to that. Can I please continue now? Thank you…)

In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing. "
 

You can clearly see that in some of his painting. Not "sick imagination" or a weird way of looking at the world. Nothing that is too obvious, but can be found in each and every one of his later painting, and gets more and more evident as his illness progressed. One of the examples most researchers point out also happens to be one of my favorite – bedroom

I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.
My mother , a talented painter herself, used to volunteer with mental patients doing art therapy and such, and used to bring home their work to show me. Quite amazing what you can learn about a person through their paintings.
But one thing was clear. They were no van Gogh. So if our working assumption is that van gogh created the way he created because he was sick, but that was just one part of why he painted like he painted, we can really proceed. Let's just say he had the small advantage of being sick.

 
As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed."
 
When I have to choose a van-Gogh painting to talk about, or one that I can relate to most, I find myself with a difficult task of choosing from a body of work that is so diverse, and so interesting  in different ways throughout his work span. I have to admit I love his earlier works, the white covered fields, the large faded paint plateaus of canvas, showing the influence he got from Japanese prints and their Zen quality, but they were not van-gogh, not what I see when I thing van-Gogh, so after thinking about it I have come to the conclusion, that even if it seems a given, I would have to choose starry night as my second example.

If only for the fact don Mclean wrote a song about it. About him. A crazy one eared artist sucking on his brushes all the way to oblivion, leaving us the souvenirs hi found in his journey.
 


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

Self portraits http://youtu.be/O5tKG39G6Qk
overview http://youtu.be/S0nJCnvbsug
starry night don mclean http://youtu.be/dipFMJckZOM