Loneliness, Van Gogh, and the Enigmatic Bond with Gauguin
I visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam many years ago, and it was a powerful experience. Even though he had a difficult life, he transformed his pain into so much beauty, or at the very least, I imagine, consoled himself with it. I've never read his diary, but I'll have to check it out!
Van Gogh had a difficult life and his loneliness is tragic. It is a blessing that art comforted and sustained him (for a while). I wonder if his art would have been so amazing if he had led a happy, contented life? I expect we subconsciously see some of his trauma in his paintings, and that makes them more moving and astonishing.
I visited thé St Paul Asylum in Arles where VG was institutionalised. It’s such a beautiful place now it’s opened as a museum and cafe with stunning gardens. Such a sad and strange life he led.
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This is such a beautiful piece as always. Thank you 🧡