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Monday Nov 19, 2007

Remember Vincent

Vincent van Gogh’s life as a ‘tortured’ artist has become a cliche while his art continues to sell at auction for many millions of dollars.

But the living Vincent was far from a cliche; he was a breathing, feeling, and astute person; he was lucid when he painted his remarkable canvases, and when he wrote his many letters, which provide us with an unusual opportunity as voyeurs to see inside his soul.

Here’s a wonderful website that offers Vincent’s letters, and you can search by topic as well.

http://webexhibits.org/vangogh

His letters to his brother Theo are a narrative of his life as an artist who was not attached to the confines of impressionism, the modern art of his era.