Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My top 5 weirdest artists No. 5 : Vincent van Gough

5) Vincent van Gough - the least insane of the bunch.

Vincent van Gough, worried that his work may be overshadowed by a temporary lapse of judgement.

Before he decided to become an artist Vincent van Gough worked as a preacher. He was dismissed for 'overzealousness.' In 19th century Holland that would have had to be pretty damn overzealous. This gives us some idea of the man's personality

Already an intense sonofabitch, a case of syphilis and a fondness For brain rotting absinthe didn't help matters. Neither, one supposes, did the fact that he never sold a single painting in his entire life except to his long suffering brother Theo who 'continually and selflessly provided financial support.' Living in continual poverty and discouragement finally took it's toll.

Vincent , we of recession era Ireland understand your pain.

Kurt Cobain was once called 'The van Gough of his era'. Sure! I can see the similarity. They both shot themselves because they couldn't deal with the pressure of fame and obscene wealth right?

Some guy who died unrecognized and poverty stricken.

Craziest moment:

The van Gough ear moment reminds me of that 'Tori Amos pig picture.' A single act of bizarre behaviour that would overshadow the artists work forever.

The van Gough of her era

The difference is that van Gough's ear was not a publicity stunt but the ultimate reaction to a disapproving clean-freak roommate Paul Gaugin's endless bitching.

Vincent chased Guagin out of his house with an open razor then cut off this own ear lobe. Although if you'd been forced to listen to yet another lecture about putting the caps back on you paint tubes by an uptight obsessive compulsive you might have done
the same thing.

Paul Gaugin. disapproving of your messy desktop.

Did you know?

That van Gough was the van Gough of his era?


Anonymous said...

hey, jackass that wrote this, van gough was extremely unknown in his lifetime. it wasn't until after his death that he became famous. you should learn something about the artists before you decide to make blogs dedicated to them

Di said...

I am well aware of this I have used sarcasm to hilight the difference between the unknown artist and the famous rock star who have been compared on more than one occasion.

sarcasm |ˈsärˌkazəm|
the use of irony to mock or convey contempt : his voice, hardened by sarcasm, could not hide his resentment. See note at wit .
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from French sarcasme, or via late Latin from late Greek sarkasmos, from Greek sarkazein ‘tear flesh,’ in late Greek ‘gnash the teeth, speak bitterly’ (from sarx, sark- ‘flesh’ ).

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