Favorite Videos: “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” Don McLean

A radio broadcast out of Saint Louis reminded me today that December 23, as well as being two days before yuletide, is the anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh’s falling out with Paul Gaugin. Specifically, the argument which resulted in the artist’s notorious self-mutilation and a year-long hospitalization near Paris. During this period, he produced some of his most famous work, including Starry Night.

Van Gogh’s name comes up a lot when mental health is a persistent issue, particularly among people involved in art therapy or any kind of artistic pursuit. There’s a dangerous trend of personal suffering being reduced to a curiosity or hailed as a by-product of genius by critics and fans of particular artists. Dehumanizing and trivial and it can make looking on our favorite art as a whole — without separating the artist’s illness from the product — rather difficult. For me, it’s easier to look on a painting or a piece of art as work that keeps your hands busy and helps your brain be functional for a short period of time. Like a lot of art fans growing up, Starry Night was my favorite Van Gogh painting. Happy coincidence.


~ by blackmoodcraft on December 23, 2015.

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