Art in the time of lockdown #6

“All the Flowers are Dying”


Sunflowers (Tournesols in French), Vincent van Gogh,
two series created late 1880s

Van Gogh’s series of ‘Sunflowers’: the first of sunflowers lying on the ground (in Paris), the second of sunflowers in a vase (in Arles).
He had lived with his brother Theo while in Paris, then when in Arles and working on three paintings at the same time he wrote to Theo: “… painting large sunflowers … in the hope of living in a studio of our own with Gauguin, I’d like to do a decoration for the studio. Nothing but large sunflowers”.

NB images and information from Wikipedia

For me Vincent van Gogh was an inspirational artist, as well as an inspired individual. His artworks are a window to emotions and mental torments on a grand scale. With colour, and line, texture, and urgency he slashes life across his canvasses. Way more subtle than Munch’s ‘Scream’ or Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’, he gets straight to the heart of angst and despair through depictions of the natural world: hallucinatory haloes around the night’s stars and the suicidal screeches of the crows over the cornfield.

I hope you have found my thoughts on Vincent van Gogh interesting; if you have please like, share, and comment.
Thank you for reading.

Stay well. Stay safe. Stay apart.

Published by Marilyn

Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after fifty years in the mental health system I decided to share my experiences and consider the impact my health has had on my well-being. Being creative is the mainstay of my life and it's how I express my deepest emotions. Photography, writing, and design challenge me and help keep me rooted in the present.

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