Van Gogh's undaunted drive

Even if you’re not an actually starving artist, there have probably been times when you were short on dough and had to get creative fiscally. But would you paint on scraps of paper? Tea towels? Or even over completed paintings?

Van Gogh did all three, according to a researcher quoted in the Guardian. In the last year before his death, the artist worked at breakneck pace, often running out of canvas. Some of the cloth he painted on is believed to be tablecloth or tea towels, possibly from the mental hospital where he stayed in 1889. (Red accents in the cloth are visible where the paint is thin.)

And last month, an X-ray revealed a lost work, Wild Vegetation, under The Ravine, which was painted four months later while he was in the asylum. It impresses me that Van Gogh was so driven to paint that he didn’t let a lack of supplies—or sales—stop him.

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2 thoughts on “Van Gogh's undaunted drive

  1. annamaria windisch hunt

    I can certainly understand that drive. My husband diagnosed with cancer went through chemo lost his feelings in his digits could not hold a brush they fell out of his hands. as soon as he had strength went back to the easel and relearned how to hold that brush and keep painting. He was named Miami Master because they thought he was about to die. At this very moment he is in his studio painting. Never, never once did he ever complain or say he was in pain,
    He is so driven and what is keeping him alive the creative process living in the now.
    AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt
    his web site which I created is

  2. BlueBerry Pick'n

    if you dance like nobody’s looking,

    you might not be a craftsman,
    but you’ll be an artist…

    Spread Love…

    BlueBerry Pick’n
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    We, two, form a Multitude ~ Ovid.
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