Van Gogh's Letters

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

I love when art and fashion intersect. Ok so I kinda make that happen on purpose. I cannot resist a good art history article of clothing. When I found this Van Gogh tee at Ross of all places, I bought it immediately. No trying it on or anything. It features his room, starry night, sunflowers, and another. My edit features his Iris painting. Vincent van Gogh is one of my favorite artists of all time. And if you're interested in why, continue reading please:)

I became van Gogh obsessed not through his art but through the letters he wrote to his brother. His endlessly creative mind, mental degradation, colors expressed in black pen are all expressed in his writing and all paint such a beautiful and sad story of the famous painter. They made me smile a lot and tear up a lot. I highly recommend reading them or listening to them as an audio book, which is how I did it. They also contain glimpses of France in the 20s, interactions with Monet and other fellow famous impressionists, and most importantly it paints the most beautiful picture of his life and daily musings using words. I could feel the sorrow in his words, the utter loneliness, the moments of hopeful joy. I just imagine his tone as the color yellow- yellow paint being something he would imagine eating in order to make him happy on the inside. The way he described the beautiful landscapes and flowers- you could just hear his excitement to start painting them.

Van Gogh's subjects were the "mundane"- landscapes, flowers, himself, his room, people in a field. No people of great note. Grand buildings. War torn countries. In that way, these were little glimpses of himself that were maybe difficult to connect to as the average viewer at the time. If it didn't document something magnificent but instead something so ordinary why should anyone care? What makes his paintings of trees and flowers and self-portraits valuable as opposed to one of a great Renaissance painter such as da Vinci and the like? I promise if you read his letters, you'll get it. All of the little things in life were important to van Gogh and that is what made him so special. The way he viewed the world plastered with thick paint onto canvas is full of expression and feeling. I am a very sensitive person and so I sympathize deeply with van Gogh and his life. If you gain my sympathy, you got me. Once I care, I never stop caring. And that is how I became obsessed with van Gogh as a person and even more as a painter.

The following are some of his quotes:

  • If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.

  • The best way to know God is to love many things.

  • There is no blue without yellow and without orange.

  • The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don't always know if it is green or violet, you can't even say it's blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray.

  • What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

  • If you hear a voice within you saying, You are not a painter, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

  • Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

  • The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic that to love others.


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