Van Gogh The Expressionist Essay Research Paper — страница 3

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he would leave us with a picture of the final stages of his battle with manic-depression. His final paintings spoke of deep, deep anguish and sadness. His life had been a failure. Yet at the same time, they glowed with the yellows and reds of his mania?that undying spark of madness and genius that dwelled within. Vincent van Gogh transcribed his emotions onto canvas throughout a brief and troubled life. He is the epitome of expressionism, and will live on as such for generations to come. “Well, even in that deep misery I felt my energy revive, and I said to myself: in spite of everything I shall rise again, I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing, and from that moment everything has seemed transformed in me.”

-Vincent van Gogh, 1886 (On his drive to paint, even in the midst of despair) BibliographyBonnie Butterfield, “Troubled Life of Vincent Van Gogh”, http://cvc.csusb.edu/VincentVanGogh.htm [available on Feb. 21, 2001] Ed. By Francesca Castria Marchetti Vincent van Gogh Rizzoli International Publications Inc., New York, 1999. Encarta 2000 Encyclopedia [CD Rom], Article: “Expressionism” Microsoft Incorporated, 2000