Self-portrait by Van Gogh.

365 Days of Art: March 30 – Van Gogh is Born

Self-portrait by Van Gogh.
Vincent Van Gogh, self portrait, 1889

March 30, 1853

Vincent van Gogh is born.

In many ways, his story gave rise to the mythology of the artist–a tortured soul who scraped pennies together for art supplies, who went hungry or without heat, who died for his art.

His letters reveal him to be incredibly sensitive, aware of his mental illness, tender to those he cared about. Tempestuous and hot-headed. Thoughtful about his life and his art.

A fellow Aries.

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