Comment on Loving Vincent: An Introduction by deon

Hi Lucas!
Thank you very much for your comment! I’m really glad that you (and your dad) show interest in my eminent person!
To answer your question:
1) Vincent van Gogh’s life was not completely filled with sadness and agony. Although there were times of despair, he also enjoyed certain eras in his life. The happiest times of his life were likely when he worked as an art dealer for his uncle, as well as when he first moved to the Arles to start a studio for artists. Both of these periods, however, ended in a tragedy as van Gogh was removed from his position a year after; and cut off his own ear in distraught after a heated fight with Paul Gauguin. During his last year, he created many paintings of his childhood memories of Brabant while he was admitted in the asylum. This could also possibly indicate that he longed to go back to his childhood, despite his cold description of his youth.
2) Painting had always been a big respite for Vincent, especially during his years at the asylum. He took refuge in drawing and painting the world around him, as the act of doing so relieved his psychotic attacks. Unfortunately, on some days his episodes became so severe that he would not be able to paint. His major view on painting was centred around nature and reality, presumably influenced by his countryside childhood in Brabant. Paul Gauguin, on the other hand, preferred more imaginative approaches to art. This creative differentiation created huge disputes between the two artists, eventually causing Vincent to cut off his own ears. Van Gogh believed that art was a crucial part of his life, as stated in his quote ” I risk my life for my own work and my reason half foundered in it”.
Again, thank you for your questions! I look forward to your project too!
Deon

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Comment on Begin Again: Eminent Intro Post 2017 by talonsalumna

Great post! Got me intrigued already!
It’s cool to see that you’re not just researching a person, but learning about researching as well. Mr. J would be proud!
I would qualify one thing – his passion is not necessarily “classical” music, because the stuff he wrote was often the popular music of his time, especially when art was so censured under the Soviet Regime. Which leads to another interesting point – if pop music reflects mainstream society, then how does Shosty’s work inform us about Russian society of that time?
P.S. – I think you should look into your shared similarity of having two sisters – it’s probably the reason why he’s a cool dude.

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Comment on Begin Again: Eminent Intro Post 2017 by lucas

Thanks for the comment! Although the intrigue of this character is the main reason I selected him as my Eminent Person, I do also enjoy his music very much. I’m currently listening to his 15 symphonies, which have been called “a message to mankind”. He had a very eclectic and modern compositional style, which I am not used to hearing at all. I do believe that his story will help possibly provide me with some insight as to what it’s like to be a professional musician. Also, as mentioned in the post, my study is nearly turning into a historical study, and I hope to learn tips from interviewees and experts from the field on how to make interpretive decisions based on the information I have.

Lucas

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Comment on Loving Vincent: An Introduction by lucas

Hey Deon! This is a really well written post. It is completely able to convey your passion for Mr. van Gogh, and I’m super excited to see what’s going to come out of your project (I think my dad is too :P).
A few questions:
1. van Gogh does not seem like the most positive of characters. What, if any, were parts of his life that he cherished?
2. What was his view on painting, i.e. what release did it give him from his actual life, and how important did he think it was?

Lucas

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