VINCENT OF DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN


 

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Sparhawk oil portrait of Van Gogh, c. 1999

 

“ONE THING I KNOW:  WITHIN A FEW YEARS I MUST BRING A CERTAIN WORK TO COMPLETION….I AM CONCERNED WITH THE WORLD ONLY INSOFAR AS I HAVE, AS IT WERE, A CERTAIN DEBT AND DUTY, BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN ROAMING ABOUT IN IT FOR THIRTY YEARS, AND ALSO BECAUSE I WANT, OUT OF GRATITUDE, TO LEAVE BEHIND A SORT OF REMEMBRANCE IN THE FORM OF DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS–NOT MADE IN ORDER TO PROMOTE THIS OR THAT TREND, BUT ON ACCOUNT OF THEM HAVING IN THEM SOMETHING THAT EXPRESSES A SINCERE HUMAN SENTIMENT. THAT IS THE GOAL OF MY WORK…”

Vincent Van Gogh’s letter to Theo Van Gogh, 1883, from the Hague, on his third year of having begun to be an artist.

I’ve been years writing my autobiography. In it Vincent Van Gogh comes to visit me this one anguished young painter’s night in Brooklyn. I ‘m in my early 20’s, in the clutch of death by brush, not knowing enough to translate my visions to canvas and I have conjured him up. He stays and advises and the most marvelous grand adventures happen in the following year. During which my own story unfolds. My book begins when I am packing up and leaving Yosemite, remembering back decades to that midnight I first saw him.

Constant warfare my whole life.  Like an old soldier now done with war. What were the whirling years, to whom did they  belong.  Not a stranger, no not a stranger.     An earlier me.”

to be continued…………

 

 

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4 thoughts on “VINCENT OF DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN

  1. Oh, boy, I can hardly wait for the autobiography! But the painting – as fine a portrait of yours as I’ve ever seen! What shows is a robust inner courage and vitality up and at it every day to deal with new travails. Breathtaking effort on your part. Would be so great to also have a movie (documentary) on your life and work. That’s what it’s all about, life & work intertwined in service of the human spirit. Bravo!

    • You do me a world of good, I can hardly find the words, thank you. I posted this two days ago and it’s remained without comment, frankly it made me cry, I thought well it stinks, I’m wrong, no one likes it. And I had thought yes the portrait was a triumph and the words an enticing if short bit…..so you have renewed my faith in me and you and Tzuri and my fellows. Thanks for all you’ve said.

      • You deserve buckets of praise for your work. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to reply until a day late. 😦

        BTW: you would get more viewers if you used categories, not just tags. Tags are for internet searches, which are whimsical; categories are for WordPress users, and there are plenty out there who would be interested.

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