Fariz M. Putra asks what art meant to Van Gogh. Read on for the answer.
Art played an extremely important role in Vincent’s life. As early as his time working at the Goupil art dealership in The Hague, Paris and London, he often wrote about how he was moved by art.
In a letter to his brother Theo, he wrote: ‘How I’d like to talk to you about art again, but now we can only write to each other about it often; find things beautiful as much as you can, most people find too little beautiful.’
Once Vincent decided to become an artist, he explored the various techniques and available materials in more detail. Art ultimately represented life fulfilment for Vincent, as he wrote in a letter in 1886: ‘And so I am struggling for life and progress in art.’
Van Gogh also had a keen interest in literature, but was less concerned with theatre or music.