Today is the birthday of Vincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853). Many of the artist’s famous musings,like the quote above, reflect on the importance of risk-taking in the making of art. The occasion of his birth seems a good day to pause and reflect: What risks have you taken to make a place for art in your life? What risks have you taken in your painting that have lead to significant artistic breakthroughs?
To submerge yourself in all things van Gogh, check out the Van Gogh Gallery website with a catalog of paintings, biography, letters, quotes, free downloads, an online shop and a community gallery where you can see a copy of Starry Night on the side of a horse! For a serious exploration, you can head over to the website for Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.
Above: Cafe Terrace at Night (detail; 1888; 31.8×25.7, oil on canvas) by Vincent van Gogh