Starry, Starry, Night (Vincent)

I like sad songs sometimes. Sometimes it feels good to be sad. One song that always moves me is Starry, Starry, Night ( Vincent). It is about the 16th century painter Vincent Van Gogh who supposedly had schizophrenia. He’s the guy who cut off his own ear for a women. He was in a few mental hospitals and he committed suicide in his thirties or forties. He had a very distinctive style of painting.


i always wondered about van gogh and his ear thing

but i thought someone who could paint so well could not suffer so bad

like painting sunflowers- he must have been doing pretty good to be painting some of these at that time,

maybe he was sz/aff had highs and lows or something

Love this song. Read somewhere Van Gogh didn’t sell a single painting in his lifetime.

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Yeah, I think you’re right.

Although it is unclear if he had a mental disorder he was known to suffered from lead poisoning from nibbling on the paint chips off of his paintings which were lead based paints. He had the symptoms so severe that he had begun to see halos around everything, thus explaining the image of Starry Night. The song Vincent is a very longing song to me by Don McLean . I have always been able to stare at this particular painting and get lost into the peaceful night sky that Vincent saw with wonder . It’s the first song and first picture of my journal.


actually he didn’t eat the chips off the paintings but rather put his brushes in his mouth maybe because of the exciting factor of being enthralled in his work. that’s what my instructor told me anyways.

OK, I did a little research and discovered articles on both theories–some said eating paint chips, some said sucking on brushes.

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Supposedly his use of turbulence in that painting (the whirls in the sky) turned out to be an accurate representation of actual turbulence, which is very difficult to predict.

Also, I read that he painted the stars in the right positions as they were at night while he only painted it during the day.

I don’t know if he was schizophrenic, but he was mad. He put a tremendous
amount of energy into his paintings. It is still there. Some of his drawings were tremendous, too. He knew what he was doing. He was a tormented genius who got joy from painting.


I like the song from Don McLean very much - used to own the CD

I love Van Gogh’s art, I had a tremendous crush on him for five years from High School days. I still admire his art and my painting style is similar to his - that’s when I paint or draw that is! I was fascinated by his character and madness, and always puzzled over what he had. I read his biography Lust For Life by Irving Stone - very good!