“If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is a grass in the beginning.”
Are you a person who loves literature and somehow falls in love with poetry, music, and paintings? One may not have it all but somehow be inspired and interested to develop one of these arts as the language of their deepest emotions.
Or perhaps you love to sing and happen to admire classic songs, Haiku, or paintings full of feelings. And then, perhaps, you might be asking what is my point in this long introduction?
Well, whether you’re a singer, a poet, or a painter, you might be quiet familiar with the song Vincent by Don Mclean under the album American Pie. Have you ever wondered who Vincent is and what the song all about?
A misunderstood art genius
Vincent van Gogh was not a famous artist during his time but was later considered an artistic genius. His works are now worth billions and close to word “priceless” — a total opposite of its worth when he was still alive.
More than his love for painting, he was said to be afflicted by Hypergraphia or an extreme desire to write which made his artworks more than just a painting but the description itself contains overwhelming text from his innermost self.
Being misunderstood, Vincent suffered poverty just to support his passion and was even rumored to go crazy, purportedly slicing off one of his earlobes. They believe that he made it a part of his portrait and wrapped it in cloth. A genius being caught in his manic frenzy moment of desperation and the struggle to save a bit of something for himself to live by — these were the huge struggles that weighed down on him.
Left by his wife and a downward spiral of his career, he was considered a lunatic and said to be bullied by the townspeople to death. Others say he took own life in the middle of the town at the age of 37.
His mind and his works
Written on one of Vincent’s letters “I put my heart and my soul into my work and have lost my mind in the process,” explains how literature and art consumed this artistic genius to his core. Let us not be too quick to judge Vincent for what was known to be who he was, was usually based on hearsay.
A new movie this year that promises to throw back the life of Vincent van Gogh featuring a film using full hand painting that conveys the truth behind his famous paintings. Cast includes Armand Roulin, Dr. Gachet, and Postman Roulin, to name a few. More than anything, watch out for 120 chosen masterpieces said to be shown there.
His insatiable passion for the arts
Vincent created over 2,000 artworks since he started painting at the age of 27, apart from this massive pieces, he only sold a single painting he titled “The Red Vineyard at Arles”. But this did not stop Vincent believing who he is and what his worth is, when he said “If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is a grass in the beginning.” True enough, over a hundred years from his tragic end, he is now recognized as one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, if not of all time. His artworks are now featured on different art sessions as inspiration and even on movies such cartoon animation Home featuring “Starry, Starry Night”.
As the song, Vincent goes “but they could not love you, but still your love was true”. Just like Vincent, we are all subject to daily criticisms that could turn our day or life upside-down. In this world full of selfish ideas of perfection, our imperfections which are often misunderstood whereas it is actually a perfect expression to be loved, heard, seen and understood just like any other.