The famed (infamous?) Dutch modernist Vincent van Gogh was a prolific painter during his short tenure as an artist. But Vincent was also quite gifted when it came to expressing himself in words as attested to in letters to his brother Theo and a few artist friends. What are your thoughts on Vincent’s words listed below (extracted from a letter to Theo) as you gaze at one of his self portraits?
¨“I wish they would only take me as I am…I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create.”
Self Portrait, 1890