Last weekend I watched the 1956 movie “Lust for Life” and loved it! This film is about the life and work of the artist Vincent Van Gogh (played by Kirk Douglas) and his many struggles. There aren’t too many movies that I connect with on a deeply personal level, but I felt a deep kinship with Van Gogh’s passion for immersing oneself in painting and drawing. I also admired his sheer dedication, which was reflected in the film-He sat outside and painted all the time, rain or shine and even attempted to paint during the terrible gales that would send his materials flying! Van Gogh was plagued by anxiety, depression and severe self doubt and was considered strange by others, but he followed his heart and to me, that made him a very courageous and beautiful person.
If you still haven’t seen this movie, rent it! You won’t regret it! Now for some of my favorite Van Gogh paintings:
Starry Night (naturally!)
Blossoming Almond Tree
Skull with Burning Cigarette:
All pictures from: Vincent Van Gogh Gallery-http://www.vggallery.com/