1. Hi Laurie, Loved your reflections in this piece. Last year, we featured this painting as the centerpiece of our school benefit – 12 students took sections and painted their own interpretations to stunning effect. So many ripples from the brush of this sad man. And it does make me think – comforts me – to be reminded that we never know what our impact might ultimately be, whether it is given to us to experience those effects or not.

  2. I can’t imagine what he would think… although I wish he would have known. It’s amazing that such a sad man could produce paintings of joy. Starry Night touches something so visceral in all us

    • Laurie Stone

      I also wonder how such a sad, troubled man produced such light, even joyful art. I wish he could’ve seen how popular he ultimately became.

    • Laurie Stone

      Great question about the medication. I don’t know. You’re right about the bi-polar. He also was a very sensitive soul, too tender for this harsh (and it seems getting harsher) world.

  3. This reminds me of a Dr. Who episode in which the Dr. and Amy show Vincent how famous he would become. They thought they would change time and that Vincent wouldn’t kill himself, but they were wrong. Some demons are just too strong.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, I’m thinking he was bi-polar and can’t imagine going through that with no medication. Of course, as someone pointed out, medication may have dulled his genius. I’m just grateful to still have those wonderful paintings to gaze at.

    • Laurie Stone

      Bryce, I find that so sad about him. Except for his art, he lived an unhappy existence. If only he knew the impact he’d have…

  4. Van Gogh give us such a glimpse into art and artists everywhere. Creating is such an effort of sheer will over personal feelings of inadequacy. He is my hero. I hope he knows now what he has given the world.

  5. I really enjoy everything you write – you always make me think. This one left me wondering about the demons that people battle and what people will think about us after we’re gone. I’m sharing it in a roundup post to publish on 10-21-17.

    • Laurie Stone

      Shelley, Thanks so much! For me, Van Gogh was both brilliant and tragic. His paintings still leave me in awe. I’m sure he’d faint if he saw the fame he was later to achieve, considering no one had heard of him in his lifetime.

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