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.
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?