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20.8.08

Letters


van Gogh's Letters - Unabridged
Vincent van Gogh remained in London... he visited the many art galleries and museums and became a great admirer of British writers such as Charles Dickens
Unlike Dickens, Van Gogh never achieved fame or wealth in his lifetime. He had no reason to think that he was accomplished, but his mania-induced grandiosity convinced him that he was godlike. He was overconfident in his art (a type which was looked down upon in that time period), and he would pursue it vigorously. Instead of taking time off from his art to earn money, he would simply not eat. Impulsivity was another manic trait that he suffered. Van Gogh smoked a pipe because Dickens advised it as a cure for melancholy.Each night, when the hours of painting and drawing were over, Vincent van Gogh put pen to paper and poured out his heart through letters - no thought was too small, no element of his craft too insignificant, no happening too trivial but it was scrupulously recorded and shared. The letters of Vincent are adited in such a way as to retain every line of beauty, significance and importance. "Vincent was as great a writer and philosopher,as he was a painter."

Poppies, my favorite flowers painted by my favorite painter....

6 comments:

GrandmaK said...

Beautiful!! I do like Van Gogh's work. I always delight in another's talents. For then you really see the gifts of the Creator in action. Thank you! Cathy

Pam said...

I am not as familiar with this Van Gough painting of the poppies. It's wonderful! Your blog is really interesting to visit and scroll back through previous posts.

Laure said...

one of my favorite painters too. i like how he saw things. this painting is truly a thing of beauty.

Barb said...

Enjoyed your post on Van Gough, never realized he was also a writer.
Luv the two "new" pictures you have added to the right side of your blog. Ü

The Dutchess said...

Thank you,so happy you enjoyed this post...if you are a reader or writer than i am sure you will love
Vincent's letters!

I found two perfect pictures to add to the rightside of my blog...Feathers of Hope!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I still remember the amazing feeling of standing almost nose to canvas with Van Gogh's paintings in Amsterdam. He was truly gifted with a brilliant talent.