…Vincent Van Gogh.
Starry Night – June 1889
Looking at the stars always makes me dream,” he said, “Why, I ask myself, shouldn’t the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France? Just as we take the train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star.
-Vincent Van Gogh
As beautiful as this picture is, with its bold strokes and rich colours, it’s actually the story behind the painting that inspires me. That’s because this is one of Van Gogh’s pieces that was painted during his time in an asylum.
I find it interesting that Van Gogh didn’t actually like this picture, it’s said that he thought of it as a failure. Yet, all these years later, this painting is one of his most famous pieces recognised world-wide as a shining example of talent.
I am inspired by the fact that this man who is widely thought of as one of the ‘Greats’, experienced self-doubt, but continued practicing his craft anyway.
I am inspired by his ability to see the beauty in the world around him, even in his darkest hour.
I am inspired by a man who was human, and wasn’t afraid to own his flaws and view his work with a critical eye.
I am inspired by Vincent Van Gogh.