Vincent Van Gogh’s Disinterest Reigns Supreme

Vincent Van Gogh’s disinterest reigns supreme.

Sheer exhaustion has been depicted through this painting. The lifelessness of Van Gogh’s Still Life Vase with Pink Roses, composed in 1890, explains the painful picture of a heartless, casual world. Usually brimming with energy, Van Gogh chose to depict a meaningful state of being through roses. His message? The emotionless, heartless portrayal of these roses. Flowers, as everything else on this planet, sparks ever so brightly at one point only to wilt into nothingness sometime later. For such a person to be creating an image like this, one must look further than roses. For Van Gogh, human interaction was an important feature that eluded him. Thus, looking at Vincent’s painting, and with which he could create such a distasteful sense of decay, only means his complete disdain towards the behavior of others hit new heights during this time.

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While some people have a more optimistic feeling about this painting, because Van Gogh was leaving the Saint-Remy asylum at the time, I think he is dreading to go to a heartless world. Expecting the worst, naturally Vincent starts to show a bleak picture. Each stem is dying. Van Gogh has already passed the discontentment stage of being angry. He still cared and would have an explosive personality. Once every emotional energy had been taken away from him, the state of emotionless detachment took place. When studying his other stirring paintings of flowers, notice how he is evident in their energy. You can tell Vincent is present. In this painting, the sheer disinterest reigns supreme. That is why I believe this painting is a sad reflection on all of us. Read my article, A Lane in the Public Garden at Arles, for a more uplifting creation by Van Gogh.

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