Van Gogh–Self-Portrait & A New Biography
RT has been gulping down a new(ish) biography of Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh: The Life, by Stephen Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, The book is detailed and presents a portrait of the man that is far more complex than the understanding RT previously had of this artist/saint. Artist/saint he remains, but with more rough edges than RT had imagined. And then there is the matter of this remarkable self-portrait. After struggling for decades to discover his true calling, in the last four years of his life Van Gogh achieved a luminous understanding of himself. Setting aside the dark colors of his early work, overcoming at last the reasonable expectations of his family, Van Gogh experienced a vision of life as it should be: beautiful and sacred. RT
Painting: Self-portrait Dedicated to Gauguin (September, 1888); Vincent Van Gogh; WikiCmns; Public Domain.