Friday, November 13, 2015
Magical Arts Friday - The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, My dad and inspiration
Today I want to talk about Vincent Van Gogh's amazing painting: The Starry Night. It was my father's favorite painting and as the anniversary of his death is tomorrow, I have been thinking of him a lot.
I never even knew he loved this painting until I was an adult. I was surprised, because I always just thought of nature pictures in association with him. It was a whimsical side of my dad and his imagination I didn't know about. I bought him his own print and a book of Van Gogh's work.
I have to admit, I liked Van Gogh but was never really drawn towards his work until that point. I wanted to see what my dad saw. Of course, you can never do that. Art is a personal experience. The more I looked, I saw the colors and the swirls and saw why people are drawn into this painting. There is so much to see in the quiet of the night sky.
I have always been fascinated by Van Gogh himself - not just because of the ear thing - because he was a tormented man trying to express himself in a way that went against artistic traditions of the time. Considered mad and his art ridiculed, it is terrible to think of how hard it was for him. I think it was his story that made me see how much Art can be a calling.
Of course, his life has inspired other art as well -- the brilliant film with Kirk Douglas - Lust for Life . Which of course, also inspired a great soundtrack by Iggy Pop - Lust For Life Soundtrack. Anthony Quinn won an Oscar for his performance as Paul Gauguin.
Another thing that I really was fascinated by was the book Dear Theo by Irving Stone.
Which brings me back to The Starry Night. The painting itself inspired an episode of Doctor Who - Vincent and The Doctor. Who would have thought? Vincent plays a pivotal role as he is influenced by a mysterious creature that leads him to paint a version of starry night with
a Tardis in it.But wait - The Tardis is exploding?
BTW - I have that poster.
So now it has inspired an episode of a widely popular tv show?
If you look on the internet there are tons of images where people have run with their own inspiration from that. Doctor Who Starry Night/Tardis images. On an on it goes.
My personal favorite was the:
So art inspires more art as well as people like my Dad. My own Starry Night item is his mousepad which I use every day at work - a constant reminder of Dad.
So, the last thing I want to say was that my Dad's light night was in hospice - the had his bed out on a lanai room. He loved the out-of-doors. So when he passed, it was under The Starry Night he loved.
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