Starry Night over the Rhone bridge,
I do not know anything with certainty, but seeing the celebs makes me dream.
– Vincent Van Gogh, a lover, a struggler, an admirer of nature, and a painter.
I had dreamt of writing for Rota Articles for a very long time, and now finally, I can start writing my long-planned series, the Inspiring Series, on people who have inspired me and many around the world.
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch painter who had an unusual life. What really inspires me in Van Gogh is not just his work but his struggle and journey of pain. From art to mental health, the life of the impressionist artist covers almost every aspect of human life.
Vincent Willem van Gogh was born into a Dutch family in the Netherlands. His family belonged to the middle class. Van Gogh connected with art at a very young age. He began to draw as a child and turned out to be a very thoughtful person when he grew up. He was born in 1853.
After a miserable life and almost two centuries, his work is recognized all over the world. The question is why his work holds so much importance in the world of art. Van always put his complete self in his work.
I put my heart and soul into my work, and that I have lost my mind within the process. – Van Gogh
His words and works indicate his love for paintings, art, and nature. Van’s painting tells an incredible story. His love for nature is deeply engraved in all of his paintings.
The wondrous part of his journey is that after 27 years of living a hard life. He took painting as a profession. Before taking-over painting, he also tried his luck at being an art dealer and a religious Protestant Missionary.
After the age of 27, he worked effortlessly and made about 2100 pieces of exquisite art. Among these, 200 pieces were oil paintings. The tragic part of his story is that this Artist is known around the world for his paintings. He has a huge museum on his name, and his paintings are sold in millions. Yet he only managed to sell only one painting in his life, The Red Vineyard.
The Red Vineyard
Van Gogh lived the life of an ordinary artist who never gets appreciated in his lifetime for his work and art.
Van lived a life of poverty. It is said that there was a time when he had to eat Paint. His younger brother supported him financially. His life conditions revealed through his letters written for his younger brother Theo Van Gogh, who supported Van and helped him in his struggles.
It is a shame that an artist like Van whose paintings sell in millions now, lived a miserable life.
His mental health deteriorated badly in the last few years of his life. He suffered extreme mental illness: depression, poverty, and at the age of 37, this brilliant man took his own life. Van Gogh committed suicide.
Johanna van Gogh-Bonger was the woman who brought Van’s work and letters in the public light. And Van rose to prominence. There is a museum in Van’s name now. That is embellished with Van’s seemingly favorite sunflowers.
The reason why I get inspired by Van’s work is because of his relentless devotion towards art, his love for nature, and the stars.
Van Gogh’s story tells us that we should never give up. Even if we are not being appreciated for our efforts in our time. There will be another time and another world in which your efforts truly matter.
God cares about all your actions, and He is going to give you a never-ending reward. This world does not need to be our end. We do not have to die here.