On this day in 1853, Vincent Van Gogh was born. He lived only 37 years, at the end of which he took his own life, but he remains a significant name not only in the art world, but in popular culture. Van Gogh is in many senses a mystery, but one that his beautiful and distinctive art makes people believe they can solve.
In his famous song, Vincent, Don McLean sang of the torment and passion of a great artist:
"Now I understand . . . what you tried to say to me; and how you suffered for your sanity, and how you tried to set them free--
They would not listen, they did not know how; perhaps they'll listen now."
McLean also sang the line "This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you."
But I think Vincent had a special place in the world, and continues to reside there.
(art link here)