Vincent Van Gogh Self Portrait – 1889
The beauty of Vincent Van Gogh lies in his incomparable view of color. His incredible laser-like focus on energy makes me feel like his image will jump out from the painting. Now That would be an incredible Virtual Reality for me to see. If only a painting was able to talk to us, then for sure I would choose Vincent Van Gogh’s Self Portrait of 1889. Can you imagine what kind of things he would say about our times? Everyday people pass others by without any hint of human contact. It has become so bad in some parts of the world that a smile is felt like the nicest gesture possible. What a sad place we live in when everyone talks about helping others, while not even giving a reaction towards a homeless person. He would definitely be a person with whom to discuss about life’s disappointments in humanity, i.e. Paul Gauguin.
In this painting, this wonderful talent gives a strong glance towards the public. His eyes are sad but not depressing. They look far into the depths of our souls, and he tries to help us delve into ours as well. It is Vincent’s eyes that give me a pure sadness inside my soul, because I know how it feels to be lonely amongst people. When I see people’s mistreatment of others, then a big disappointment lingers inside of me. Mr. Van Gogh definitely has felt this feeling not once in his life. These eyes are only in people who care for others and see how their actions bring pain to so many without a care in the world.
His hair shows that he has plenty of battle left. This is the kind of broad personality in people, such as Vincent, that make them very elusive to understand and interpret by most. Not only during his times, but in modern times do they misinterpret his mind, heart, and soul. Mr. Van Gogh learned and built his view on life through life’s experiences and studying the human being (their physical shapes and actions in life). He truly wanted to understand people and by doing so, luckily, was able to not need them in order to create, to preserve his heart from future pain. He already knew their potential and their primitive interests in banal pleasures.
The problem with understanding this painful lesson, as I see for myself, is that if one writes for people to see a painting or listen to music, then inevitably one hopes that a kind person will be able to delve into their works and care for them as a human being. Eventually, though, one will stop writing because such people are very difficult to find. This is when those heartless, untalented people will drain the love and expressiveness of the talented person. It was not that Vincent Van Gogh needed to be 100% understood, like most misrepresent these days, but it was the ability to have a “reason” to create that was bothersome after a while. If you see what is around you, why, if you care for people, will you want to write anymore when those same people you write for are so inhumane? This is the complete dilemma in the painting I see.
The blue colors around him are moving in a circle, showing me that the world is going to stay the same. The uncaring human will hover around forever in that same circle and will try to drag a creative, caring person down. Vincent’s facial expression does seem tired and pale. He is tired of these kinds of people surrounding him. This is the man, do no forget, that wanted positive people around him. When regular people did not understand this, then his idea went farther towards the niche: build a haven for artists. Both, sadly, did not work.
This painting is definitely one of the most poignant works by any person in all art forms possible. He was able, with a small glance, observe everything around me and every other person who studies this painting. It is a true masterpiece!