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  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.

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