Sunday Roast: Turbulence & Van Gogh

Wrap your head around this one!

Although it makes a weird sort of sense, to me anyway, that a mind in the midst of extreme suffering might perceive things in a different way than a calmer mind.  It is rather simplistic, but thinking about it that way feels good.

Let’s not neglect the gobbledygook math thing…on second thought, let’s do.

And now, a beautiful quote from one of my favorite episodes of Doctor Who, Vincent and the Doctor.

The Doctor:  Between you and me, in a hundred words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?

Curator:  Well… um… big question, but, to me Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of colour most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.

Can anyone doubt that Vincent van Gogh is my favorite artist?

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31 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: Turbulence & Van Gogh

  1. Interesting theory the video poses.

    Van Gogh’s paintings seem, to me, that his vision was possibly impaired. Perhaps in need of spectacles. Without correction, light sources have halos; twinkle, glow brightly and/or seem to move/dance. Combined with mental difficulties…
    We have fantastic master works from Vincent!

  2. Okay, so I’m doing my paper route this morning (which has one customer – my mother) and the cover of The New York Daily News has a man claiming he used to stand outside Bill Cosby’s dressing room and pay off the women Cosby raped and/or molested. It looks more and more like Cosby really did it. Several times. Maybe not all 16 women (or 47, or however many there were) have a legitimate story, but I’m sure several of them do.

    Found a link to the article. You have to answer one or two silly questions to read it for free, or tweet or share it on FB.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/bill-cosby-paid-women-ex-nbc-employee-article-1.2020464

    • I edited my comment above after I learned I was mistaken about a key detail. Still, it looks like there may be something to some of the stories we’ve been hearing. Not all of them, but some of them.

  3. Speaking of Vincent, was he murdered?

    “Van Gogh himself wrote not a word about his final days. The film [Lust for Life] got it wrong: he left no suicide note—odd for a man who churned out letters so profligately. A piece of writing allegedly found in his clothes after he died turned out to be an early draft of his final letter to his brother Theo, which he posted the day of the shooting, July 27, 1890. That letter was upbeat—even ebullient—about the future. He had placed a large order for more paints only a few days before a bullet put a hole in his abdomen. Because the missile missed his vital organs, it took 29 agonizing hours to kill him.

    None of the earliest accounts of the shooting—those written in the days immediately after the event—mentioned suicide. They said only that Van Gogh had “wounded himself.” Strangely, the townspeople of Auvers, the picturesque community near Paris where he stayed in the last months of his life, maintained a studied silence about the incident. At first, no one admitted having seen Van Gogh on his last, fateful outing, despite the summer crowding in the streets. No one knew where he would have gotten a gun; no one admitted to finding the gun afterward, or any of the other items he had taken with him (canvas, easel, paints, etc.). His deathbed doctors, an obstetrician and a homeopathist, could make no sense of his wounds.

    And, anyway, what kind of a person, no matter how unbalanced, tries to kill himself with a shot to the midsection? And then, rather than finish himself off with a second shot, staggers a mile back to his room in agonizing pain from a bullet in his belly?”

    http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2014/12/vincent-van-gogh-murder-mystery

      • My gravatar is titled “Looking for Vincent” taken of me in Auvers sur Oise, France in 2003.
        The story amongst locals is that he was shot by teenagers accidentally while painting out in the wheat fields. Vincent did not want to snitch or involve them to the authorities. Certainly, a man very familier with human anatomy, wouldn’t shoot himself in the freakin’ stomach area as an attempt in offing himself.
        And QZ, he’s my favorite painter also too.

  4. van Gogh had the habit of putting his paint brushes in his mouth while he was thinking and painting.
    The paints of that time period were almost all a derivative of a lead based pigment.

  5. Steven Van Zandt tuns 65 this weekend. From 1995, here’s the great “Two Hearts” duet with Springsteen:

    • A bit of everything cute and cuddly…even the armadillo! (brings a smile)
      The cat placement was especially spot on!

  6. QOTD:

    “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the
    poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we
    are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor
    and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t
    want to do it.”
    ― Stephen Colbert

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