Friday, January 29, 2010

Vincent and McLean

I've always been fascinated by Vincent Van Gogh's life story.  One of history's most talented painters and most tortured souls.  During his life, Van Gogh was not famous and struggled to make a living as an artist. He only sold one painting during his lifetime The Red Vineyard. This painting sold in Brussels for 400 Francs only a few months before his death.  Van Gogh shot himself when he was 37.  The tragedy is that he never knew how his paintings would change the art world for the rest of history.  

I've always loved his work, especially the ones with such brilliant color and form.  The following is a slideshow of his work set to the song "Vincent" by Don McLean.  It's part of an art and creative writing lesson plan for the patients at Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield.  

This is quite moving and beautiful.  I think you'll enjoy it! 


  1. that is so so sad. His paintings are incredible. So many in such a short life

  2. Loved that. I saw paintings of his I had never seen before. He is one of my most favorite painters.