Preliminaries to a CHALLENGE…


Vincent cu urechea taiata

Some 120 years ago, that’s how Vincent Van Gogh, a then obscure Dutch painter, living in Arles, France, was looking… He had an ear lobe cut (either by himself, or by his friend and fellow artist, Paul Guguin) the 23 rd of December 1889… In a symbolical gesture, the same way a torrero give the ear of his killed torro to a woman of his choice, he gave the lobe of his cut ear to Rachel, a prostitute friends of his… She fainted…

Apart from all these juicy anecdotes, some of which became legends (the mad genius myth, l’artiste maudit…) Vincent left behind almost 2000 paintings and about 3000 drawings (the exact figures are hard to establish and, eventually, without great importance… the quality of his work is important). Last but not least, his letters (to Theo, his brother, mostly…) complete a body of work which marked the art of the XX century and beyond. And also marked my life…

Bye the way, I am Ion Vincent DAnu, an obscure Canadian artist of Romanian origin, living in Sherbrooke, Québec…

Yesterday, the 27 th of July, 119 years ago, he returned to his modest room at the Ravoux pension in Auvers with a bullet in his body. When asked, he declared to the police that he shot himself. The 28 th of July 1890, Theo Van Gogh came to Auvers and the 2 brothers had a last talk. The 29 th of July, very early in the morning, Van Gogh died.

Vincent mental health issues, their influence on his life (and destiny) are – you’ll see – not without importance for me and for the CHALLENGE I am about to set out for myself…

In fact, painting and madness (to use the not-politically correct word…) are the two essential concepts of what I want to tell you, whoever you are… This is another «message in a bottle» I lance in the Ocean of Information (or whatever…) But that will be for tomorrow, the 29 th of July, the day Vincent died…

It’s an homage to him, even if it’s not the lobe of my right ear…

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