Happy 7 Quick Takes Friday!
I always liked the work of Vincent Van Gogh and as a teenager during my art classes I would try to copy his style. I was always curious as to his strange persona. The following 7 interesting facts given clarity to his behavior and teaches that its not always good to judge other unless all the facts are known.
These facts are taken from historical records and are not biased opinions.
1) Fell in Love with his Landlady's Daughter in Hague
It seems that Vincent Van Gogh had a penchant for the ladies, and one of his first jobs was in an office in the City of Hague. he worked at this job for over four years until he fell in love with his landlord's daughter and was subsequently dismissed from the company. This demonstrates Van Gogh's quest for love even at the expense of monetary concerns.
2) He Forever Searched for Happiness
Vincent Van Gogh was a man possessed with the notion that happiness was all that he required in this world. Far be it for anyone to argue that point, yet what is true is that he forever chased that emotion, and came up empty in the end. This craving of happiness can be seen in all of his artistic endeavors.
3) He Suffered from Schizophrenia and Other Mental Health Problems
Suffering from mental disorders such as schizophrenia affected Van Gogh his entire life and artistic career. The fabled 'Starry Night' rendition was actually done when he was a resident in an insane asylum in Saint-Remy, France. Many other mental disorders plagued this fantastic artist his entire life and can be easily picked out, in some of his most famous artistic pursuits. As an intelligent individual and famed artist, Vincent Van Gogh knew when to say when and admitted himself many times into mental institutions all throughout Europe. After being released from such self-imposed institutions of recovery, he showed signs of increasing improvement but these were fleeting at best. In the end, he took his own life, after a bout of depression.
4) He Loved Japanese Artistry
The island of Japan mesmerized Van Gogh and showed in many of his paintings with cherry blossoms and other Japanese iconic artistry. Some of his best works are Japanese-themed and Pacific Island related.
5) He Loved his Brother Theo
There was no denying this, Vincent Van Gogh's love for his brother Theo, translated both time and space and life and death. Everything that he accomplished was directly attributed to his brother Theo, even when his brother had little or nothing to do with the accomplishment. He would often speak of his brother in the highest regard and say a finer brother a man could never have.
6) He Only Sold One Painting During His Lifetime (The Red Vineyard)
Vincent Van Gogh created 2000 pieces of art, 900 paintings and 1100 sketches and pencil drawings. Of those entire great works only one was sold for profit.
7) His Brother Theo's Wife Is Actually Responsible For His Popularity Today
Six months after Vincent died, Theo died, and his wife Johanna devoted the rest of her life to getting Van Gogh the recognition she felt he rightly deserved. If it was not for her efforts, the world may not have known of Vincent's mastery.