There has been said everything about van Gogh. Everyone knows he has cut his ear off and painted Starry Night, Sunflowers, Bedroom in Arles, Cafe Terrace at Night. All his works have original, immediately recognisable style.
However, beyond this ‘crossword’ knowledge abound interfusing layers of madness and artistic genius in truly monumental scale. Over 9 years of his artistic activity (from 1881 to 1890) Vincent has created 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches. Famous impressionist Camille Pissarro once have said that van Gogh “would either go mad or leave all of us far behind. I didn’t know that he would do both.”
But why so many people adore him? What is Van Gogh’s appeal? Is it his ‘modeling with colour’ – yes, definitely. Is it a true expression of his existential and emotional struggle – that’s a ‘yes’ again. But what people follow is vision. Vincent has seen the world and us in it in an entire new way, and handed over this vision through his paintings.
Just like Copernicus, Newton or Einstein have led us to the new understanding of our physical world, Van Gogh opened before us a whole new universe in an artistic sense. We love him for its completeness, for accuracy and for precise execution of the idea.