|The Road Menders (Wikipedia image)|
|Churchyard in the Rain (1883)|
Image from The Van Gogh Gallery
|Le Moulin de la Galette Terrace|
and Observation Deck
at the Moulin de Blute-Fin,
(photo by Jason Reeser)
If we are to believe the history, Van Gogh only ever sold one painting in his life. That did not stop him from producing over two thousand pieces in a ten year span. It, however, keep him from earning enough money to promote politicians on his day-time television show. So maybe his obscurity was a good thing.
But it was, really. Do we really believe he could have kept up this pace if he had been a public sensation? Probably not.
At this point let me add that if you are interested in Van Gogh, there is a book that you must read. I mean it. It may just be the best book I've ever read on art. The book is called The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles. It details the time when Van Gogh and Gauguin spent time together. It is a great chance to learn about both artists as well as learn about what makes an artist, and you might learn what art means to you in the process.
What do you consider to be great art? I will come back to this subject again, and add to my examples. It won't all be paintings. It won't always be from famous artists. And it will always be my opinion. So add your own to this by leaving my your thoughts. Because art should always hit us on a personal level. If it doesn't, it may not be good art.