Vincent van Gogh is one of the most interesting artists in history. Today we’ll take a look at stamps related to Vincent and his artwork as well as mention some important facts and listen to his words.
Vincent van Gogh – Early Life
Vincent Willem van Gogh was born 30 March 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands and passed away on 29 July 1890, in Auvers-sur-Oise, France. He’s a famous post-impressionist artist who created around 860 oil paintings (total around 2100 artworks). Most of his artworks were landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and self-portraits.
Famous People - Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)
30 ₣ - French
"If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things."
"I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create."
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
Before he started painting, he tried many different career paths – art dealer, school teacher, preacher. Still, all of these attempts were unsuccessful. That is the reason why Vincent started painting relatively old, at the age of 27. If we take into account that he lived only until 37, he had only 10 productive years as a painter.
Stamp Day 1990: Postman Roulin by Vincent Van Gogh
14 fr - Belgian franc
"Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion."
"Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again."
"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process."
Most of the facts we know about Vincent originate from hundreds of letters he wrote. Some 800 letters were addressed to his brother Theo (actually 600 letters exchanges between the two of them), and his artist friends Paul Gaugin and Emile Bernard.
Human Rights - Van Gogh: The Prison Courtyard
UNO Geneva, 1990/11/16
0.35 Fr. - Swiss franc
"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore."
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
"Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well."
Vincent van Gogh's 150th birthday
The Netherlands, 2003/01/02
0.39 € - Euro
1st row - Nuenen period
Drawing: Road Behind the Parsonage Garden. 1884 - Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Painting: Autumn Landscape with Four Trees, 1885 - Kroller-Muller Museum
Painting: The Potato Eaters, 1885 - Van Gogh Museum,
Letter sketch: The Potato Eaters, 1885 - Van Gogh Museum
2nd row - Paris period
Drawing: Garden with Sunflowers, 1887 - Van Gogh Museum
Painting: Sunflowers, 1887 - Kroller-Muller Museum
Self-Portrait with Felt Hat, 1887/1888 - Van Gogh Museum
Drawing: Study for Self-portrait, 1887 - Van Gogh Museum
3rd row Arles period
Drawing: The Seated Zouave, 1888 - Van Gogh Museum
Painting: The Zouave, 1888 - Van Gogh Museum
Painting: Cafe Terrace on the `Place du Forum' at Night, 1888 - Kroller-Muller Museum
Drawing: Cafe Terrace at Night, 1888 - Dallas Museum of Art
4th row - Saint-Remy period
Drawing: Trees with Ivy in the Garden of St. Paul's Hospital in Saint-Remy, 1889 - Van Gogh Museum
Painting: Tree Trunks in Gross, 1890 - Kroller-Muller Museum
Painting: Almond Blossom, 1890 - Van Gogh Museum
Drawing: Garden of St. Paul's Hospital in Saint-Remy, 1889 - Van Gogh Museum
5th row - Auvers-sur-Oise period
Drawing: Street in Anvers - Van Gogh Museum
Painting: View of Auvers, 1890 - Van Gogh Museum
Painting: Wheatfield with Crows, 1890 - Van Gogh Museum
Drawing: Crows, 1890 - The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
"I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners."
"One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way."
"Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it."
Carabinieri Cultural Protection Force 50 Years (2019) - The Gardener by Vincent van Gogh
B º - No Face Value
"It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures."
"I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream."
"In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing."
"As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed."
Poverty and Death
As it was often the case with many artists, he gained more popularity after he passed away, than he had during his lifetime. It’s actually considered that during his lifetime he managed to sell only one of his paintings – “Red Vineyards Near Arles”. Not surprisingly, he experienced financial difficulties, and that combined with his mental problems resulted in well-known cutting his ear and later shooting himself in the chest on 27 July 1890. He passed away 2 days after that event. Needless to say, prices for his paintings today are in millions of dollars.
Treasures of German Museums - "Field of Poppies" by Vincent van Gogh
155 ct - Euro cent
"I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed."
"The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others."
"I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
If we take into account that he had only 10 productive years and kept painting, although without having profit out of it, we can say that he was one of the few great and true artists that ever lived.