Here at Garth O’effner Gallery we like to look back at the history of art and speculate questions. One question being Was Van Gogh the best painter of all time?
It seems like some of the most troubled artists can put out some of the best work sometimes. Think about Edgar Allen Poe and his writing as an example, and of course we’re going to focus on Vincent Van Gogh, who was also a troubled artist. Everyone has heard the story about Vincent Van Gogh and his ear, and most people have seen his work. Many of them wouldn’t be able to give you a name of one of his paintings, however, because not enough people pay attention to art.
Still, there are enough appreciators of art out there, and I am definitely one of them. I know that Starry Night is one of his most popular paintings. It’s not often that prints of original paintings get quite as popular as this one. It’s like this painting fits everyone’s tastes and fits the decor of every space. It’s not just the scene painted of course, but it’s Van Gogh’s style that was so popular.
Most people take one look at a Van Gogh painting, and if they know anything about Impressionism, they are going to think Van Gogh was an Impressionist painter. However, Van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter, which only strengthens his impact on the art world. The impressionist painters were a very popular group, so it’s quite a popular time to be a painter coming out of that period.
I remember when I was studying art in college, the Impressionist paintings I saw fascinated me. It was honestly my favorite period for art, and Van Gogh would definitely be one of my favorite painters of all time? Is he the best? Well, that’s up to each art fan’s perception and opinion, but Van Gogh would always be one of the artists that fit the discussion for sure.
If you didn’t know, it wasn’t just that Van Gogh was troubled, but he was actually mentally ill. It makes you feel sorry for the man considering all he went through during his life. He was single, and I can identify with that life. He did have a couple relationships, but nothing ever panned out. In his lifetime, he created over 1,000 drawings, 900 paintings and wrote 800 letters! Imagine doing that during a lifetime completely different from today’s digital world.
Van Gogh is a name that comes up in art course after art course and history class after history class. It’s hard not to know anything about this famous painter. What do you think of this post-Impressionist painter? Did you think he was ever rich? His brother was the one who took care of him financially. Are you one of those people who think that a person must go to art school in order to be successful? Van Gogh was self taught, which says quite a lot about natural talent.
So the man wasn’t rich. Did he at least get his paintings out there? How many did he sell? Van Gogh sold a whopping one single painting. Think of what that means in relationship to how successful his paintings have been in the art world since then. Has anyone else made that kind of an impact?