By Bryn Sandine
My favorite artist, Van Gogh, was an painter in the post-impressionist period. His painting are known worldwide and admired by many. His most famous paintings such as Starry Night, Sunflowers, and Starry Night over the Rhone, would be insured for at least $100 million.
Vince in Gogh was born in Holland in 1853. His father was a preacher so Vincent grew up in a religious household. when he graduated, he became an art dealer. But he grew bored and moved back to Holland and started studying theology. However that didn’t last long. Soon he became a missionary in coal mining communities. When he was 27, Van Gogh entered the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels in Belgium.
Vincent fell in love the next year but had his heart broken. This inspired him to paint. His first major piece labeled “Potato Eaters” was made in 1885. During his life, Van Gogh’s painting were looked down upon. He used earthen colors and painted grubby commoners. Vincent moved to Paris and began a very productive period of his painting career. However, he began to be hospitalized for mental illness and physical decline. On 23 December, 1888 van gogh cut off part of his left ear and nearly died of loss of blood. Sadly, on July 29, 1890, Vincent Van gogh committed suicide. the world lost a great artist that day.
Editor’s Note –
Most of Van Gogh’s success came after his death. Who knows what he could have done had he not given up. Jesus took upon Himself the sin of the world. Isaiah says that He was a “man of sorrows” and “acquainted with grief.” He knows the sadness you feel. He knew the despair Van Gogh experienced, too. Don’t waste your life. Give it to Christ.
Van Gogh’s life shows that Just making art can never fully ease the pain of deep despair, only the Lord Jesus is able to that. No amount of success in anything will take away your sin or sorrow. Cast all your cares upon Jesus, for He cares for you. Learn from Van Gogh’s example and do not let your despair destroy you. You have talents and gifts with which God has equipped you, friends, family and teachers who love and care for you. “Come to Me all you who are weak and heavy-laden and I will give you rest,” Jesus says. Don’t take things into your own hands, let Jesus carry your burdens.