Sunday, March 30, 2014

Vincent Van Gogh

One youtube clip worth watching at least once if you can drag yourself away from cat videos and crotch shots. This song or even just reading the lyrics to Don McClean's "Vincent" always makes me cry. The paintings always inspire me to send my mind to a myriad of places. Source: Oxford University Press Dutch painter. His life and work are legendary in the history of 19th- and 20th-century art. In the popular view, van Gogh has become the prototype of the misunderstood, tormented artist, who sold only one work in his lifetime—but whose Irises (sold New York, Sotheby’s, 11 Nov 1987) achieved a record auction sale price of £49 million. Romantic clich├ęs suggest that van Gogh paid with insanity for his genius, which was understood only by his supportive brother Theo (1857–91). Van Gogh was active as an artist for only ten years, during which time he produced some 1000 watercolours, drawings and sketches and about 1250 paintings ranging from a dark, Realist style to an intense, expressionistic one. Almost more than on his oeuvre, his fame has been based on the extensive, diary-like correspondence he maintained, in particular with his brother.

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