Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh!

Vincent Van Gogh. Starry Night. 1889. Saint-Remy, Provence, France. Oil on Canvas.
Vincent Van Gogh. Starry Night. 1889. Saint-Remy, Provence, France. Oil on Canvas.

Those who have known me since my teenage years, know what a HUGE influence he was on me starting to paint.

As I continue to be fascinated by physics, staring at nature and reducing it to basic geometric patterns, “movement, fluid and light” in my mind’s eye, it turns out that even bona fide physicists and mathematicians are fascinated with Starry Nights, as well as his other works. Supposedly, his paintings come close to a mathematically accurate depiction of turbulence, a phenomenon that physicists and mathematicians are still struggling to define, as explained in this fascinating video.

I wish he had lived long enough to see that his brilliance was recognized, and the huge influence he had on artists (and scientists!) for generations to come.

Here is a copy of his portrait I had made as a teenager. Unfortunately, I don’t have the original painting. Like many others, this, too, was misplaced during my many moves.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Copy of Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh. 1984? 1985?. Raurkela, Orissa. Gouache on Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Copy of Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh. 1984? 1985?. Raurkela, Orissa. Gouache on Paper.

 

An homage to Vincent Van Gogh.

Study For "Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh (with Candles)". 2008. Chalk Pastels and Charcoal on Newsprint. 18" x 24".
Aditi Raychoudhury. Study For “Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh (with Candles)”. 2008. Chalk Pastels and Charcoal on Newsprint. 18″ x 24″.

 

Fascinating 10 things you may not have known about this great man.

3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh!

  1. But I could’ve told you, Vincent, this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you……….

    A lovely song in tribute to this great artist along with your lovely post. If you feel like it, do read this tribute by another good artist who shares your talent and admiration of Vincent Van Gogh.

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