Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Vincent van Gogh



Perhaps one of our best examples of "Died Penniless" is artist Vincent van Gogh, whose self portrait is presented above. During his lifetime he sold only 1 painting, and he died at the age of 37, taking his own life. Recently, his paintings are going for over one hundred million dollars a pop. Someone made some money on his paintings, but he never did.

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  1. I've looked and looked at this painting in my lifetime and it just amazes me that anyone could paint themselves as accurately as this. I don't even like to look in a mirror let along attempting a project like this. He is one of the most interesting men. You want to just look into his brain and see what's going on.

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  2. I've always loved Van Gogh's amazing and complex artwork....definitely an unrealized and unappreciated genius in his time. I have wondered if he had had the benefit of modern medicine to help with his mental illness things would have worked out differently for him.
    Great picture!
    -Anne K.

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    1. Anne, The other part of the question though would be, with the help of modern medicine for his depression, would he have still retained his artistic genius. I sometimes wonder if the thing that made them crazy was the very same thing that made them artistic geniuses.

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    2. Interesting thought, PJM. I guess it would depend on whether his artistic genius was genetic or a result of his brain chemical imbalances. I like to think with medical help he would have had many more years to paint and eventually be accepted by his peers. Wishful thinking? Possibly. We'll never know. I do like his work. :)
      -Anne K.

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  3. I've heard that some of the great artists of the past might have used a "camera obscura" to get the detail in the picture. Some have suggested that Rembrandt's all left handed people are an indication that he did.

    Don't know about that, but can't see how a CO would have helped Vincent with this picture.

    His eyes look haunted to me...perhaps he is already entertaining thoughts of his demise.

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  4. What a lovely picture! I could just sit and look at it all day. The detail on his face is just fascinating. Vincent Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists. It's too bad he wasn't appreciated more during his life. I wonder if he was a successful painter if he wouldn't have taken his own life, or if he was already beyond help and his failure to sell his paintings was just the straw that broke the camel's back.

    -Veronica

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  5. You can't fool me. That's Kirk Douglas!

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  6. As Don McClean put it so wonderfully:

    Swirling clouds in violet haze
    reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue.
    ...
    This world was never meant for one
    as beautiful as you.

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  7. He had some very good talent.

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  8. Pope George RingoJuly 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    RE: Downtown Indy....LOL! You can't go wrong with a Kirk Douglas movie, and he did a great job as Van Gogh in Lust for Life. WHat I particularly liked about his portrayal is that he, Douglas himself, did not try to put on a fake accent. He simply used his own natural voice in reciting his lines. Yet, the narration which was Van Gogh's own words, was done by a diffferent actor and accented. THe message i got from the film was that Van Gogh was a man who always "tried" and did have hope. Yet, he was a non conformist in many ways. From his early times as a "would be" Minister to his final days.

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    1. Oddly enough, that very movie played on TCM the same day PJM posted this blog entry.

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    2. Darn, sorry that I missed it! TCM is my favorite network.

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