Loving Vincent: Sorrow, Suicide, Sales In That Order

Loving Vincent is artistically brilliant!  Over 100 artists spanning 6 years created the oil painted animation nominated for an Oscar (best animated film in 2018).   The animation provides a vibrant canvas for a terribly bleak narrative of Vincent van Gogh’s life and mysterious death.

The Sorrow

Vincent’s life began shrouded in heartache when he followed the stillborn death of his older brother.  His parents grieved the loss and although Vincent worked hard to please his parents he never sensed their approval.  Vincent was always the consolation prize.

The Suicide

Van Gogh was troubled, not simply because of his cold relationship with his parents, but also because he felt a drain on his younger brother Theo.  Vincent’s brother funded the art and accommodations, when immediate success was not in sight – despair set in.  Loving Vincent explores alternate theories about Vincent’s death but it’s largely accepted that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound that ended Van Gogh’s life.

If you are feeling lost or hopeless, like Vincent van Gogh did, PLEASE call 1-800-273-8255The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open 24 hours a day.  Your life is so incredibly valuable, please reach out to family, friends, whoever you trust to get some encouragement.

The Sales

Vincent van Gogh didn’t start painting until he was 27 years old!  Let that sink in.  One of the most renowned painters didn’t pick up a brush until he was almost out of his twenties.  It’s never too late to pursue your dream.  Then he cranked out almost 900 paintings in a decade window.  He painted mostly peasants, landscapes, and flowers because he was so poor he couldn’t afford to pay models.  Don’t let resources limit your vision for success.  Vincent only sold one painting in his lifetime.  He saw his life as a failure and a drain on the ones he loved.  There is a tremendous lesson for aspiring bloggers, writers, and artists – don’t lose hope.  Stay passionate.  Don’t be consumed by “success” and enjoy the journey with the people who love and support you.


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