Happy Birthday, dear Vincent !
“Vincent’s passionate belief was that people wouldn’t just see his pictures, but feel the rush of life in them; that by the force of his brush and dazzlement of his colour they’d experience those fields, those faces, those flowers in ways that nothing more polite or literal could ever possibly convey.
His art would reclaim what had once belonged to religion: consolation for our mortality through the relish of the gift of life.
It wasn’t the art crowd he was after, what he wanted was to open the eyes and the hearts of everyone who saw his paintings… well, he got what he wanted.” – Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Van Gogh
“Theo, what am I in the eyes of most people. a nonentity, an eccentric, an unpleasant person? somebody who has no position in society and never will, in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then well, even if they were all absolutely true, then one day I should like to show by my work what such a nonentity, such a nobody, has in his heart.
With a handshake.
Vincent” – The Hague, 21 July 1882