“What do you want your artist’s to be?…Must they be clothed by your tailor?” These words, spoken by younger brother Theo in the play Vincent, seem to sum up in two short questions the collateral damage inflicted upon experimental artists at the end of the 19th century for the temerity of turning their gaze away from the accepted Art of the past in favor of this new phenomena leading to the avant-garde. Early in the start of the second half of the play Vincent, Theo looks directly out to the audience and asks “When will you stop? When will it ever stop?”
Moments later Theo quotes a letter he received from Vincent wherein the troubled artist states: “I have done no harm to anyone?
So, what are your thoughts/feelings about the life and career of Vincent van Gogh? Is there room in your life for artists, thinkers, writers, etc. like Vincent van Gogh?
Vincent van Gogh, Self Portrait at the Easel, 1888