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Vincent Van Gogh Quotes


Vincent Van Gogh Vincent van Gogh was the troubled Dutch artist whose paintings and talent were ahead of his time only to be really appreciated after his untimely death. Genius in a person rarely comes without a downside and Vincent was a troubled soul whose genius was at the tip of his paint brush that put onto canvas the artistic inspiration of his minds eye. He suffered bouts of depression as his mind teetered from madness to moments of lucidity and to make matters worse his favourite tipple was Absinthe, an alcoholic drink derived from wormwood that was capable of causing hallucinations and erratic behaviour. He devoted his whole life to his art even though he only sold one painting for a mere 400 Francs and was lucky to have his brother Theo to appreciate his talent and be his benefactor. Shortly before his death he teamed up with French artist Paul Gauguin and they spent a very productive couple of months sharing a studio and creating some wonderful art in the town of Arles in the South of France. At this time Paul Gauguin was quoted as saying of him; "Something shone out of his canvases and out of his talk, too…. He possessed the greatest tenderness, or rather the altruism of the Gospel". Nearing the end of their working relationship van Gogh went to attack Gauguin with a razor but stopped and ran back to their accommodation where he chopped his ear off instead. He spent one year in an asylum before being released but within months he took his own life with a fatal gunshot to the stomach so ending the torment in his mind and the magic from his brush. Word soon spread of the tormented artist and artisans began to appreciate his work which has gone on to inspire every generation of artists born in the 20th century. From great talent often come great quips and he was very good for a one liner, so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Vincent van Gogh quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Vincent Willem van Gogh
  • Born: 30th March 1853, Zundert, Netherlands
  • Died: 29th July 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise, France
  • Occupation: Artist and painter
  • Inspired by: Claude Monet, Eugène Delacroix, Georges Seurat, Honoré Daumier, Jean-François Millet, Peter Paul Rubens, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Rembrandt
  • Influenced: Most artists of the late 19th and 20th centuries were influenced by him including; Chaim Soutine, Ernest Ludwig Kirchner, Francis Bacon, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollack, Maurice de Vlaminck and Pablo Picasso
  • Success: Of the 2000+ works of art he created he only managed to sell one during his lifetime
  • Posthumous success: In 1990 his painting "Portrait du Dr. Gachet" sold for $82.5 million usd and in 2017 his painting "Laboureur dans un champ" sold for $81.3 million usd at Christies of New York
  • Controversy: In a moment of artistic frustration and madness he cut off his own ear, washed it, then placed it in an envelope and gave it to one of the girls in a local brothel he frequented
  • Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
  • Quotes about Vincent Van Gogh: Paul Gauguin described their relationship by saying this of him; "Between two such beings as he and I, the one a perfect volcano, the other boiling too, inwardly, a sort of struggle was preparing
  • Dutch painter Bram van Velde said of him; "In this world of petty calculations, he was too intense. He frightened people. They cast him out"
  • Bram van Velde also paid tribute by saying this of him; "A man who is on fire, a torch. His sincerity is absolute"

"There is nothing more artistic than loving people"

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"Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it"

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"Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague"

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"I'm all right when I completely immerse myself in work, but I'll always remain half crazy"

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"Art is to console those who are broken by life"

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"A good picture is equivalent to a good deed"

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"I dream of painting and then I paint my dream"

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"There is peace even in the storm"

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"Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me"

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"I feel a certain calm. There is safety in the midst of danger"

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"I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough , what is enough?"

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"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process"

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

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"I would rather die of passion than of boredom"

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"Conscience is a man’s compass"

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