Therefore, he worked as an artist for just 10 years of his life. This report investigates why his artistic works were neglected and underestimated although he lived in the Enlightenment Age, meaning he lived at the era when the art movement was at its apex.
It follows that Vincent van Gogh had dwelt in a revived and flourishing artistic movement, which was supposed to assist him flourish as an artist and become wealthy. To the contrary, he didn’t avail himself of the Enlightenment Age and develop a reputation as an artist. Although Vincent painted 900 paintings and over 1,100 drawings, his works remained unidentified and unsold and his brother Theo supported him financially throughout his life.
Possibly one reason for his failure to claim himself as a well-reputed artist is his awkward behaviour when he underwent psychotic episodes and delusions. Another reason that added insult to injury is his short-tempered character and rudeness that the majority of the times brought him bloody confrontations most prominently his struggle with his fellow Gauguin that ended up with cutting Vincent’s’ earlobe. Moreover, he was always dirty and not well-dressed, which made people avoid dealing with him or purchasing his artistic works. Moreover, the deterioration of his health and financial standing delivered more pangs to his life and caused an early departure to such a terrific artist such as Vincent but today in our era, his glorious painting (Portrait of Dr Gachet) is marketed about 150 million dollars in auctions.
What we learn from Vincent’s experience is the seed that’s planted in darkness can blossom later in the light. This means that in case you work on something maybe you won’t see its fruits or its fruits could be predestined to the upcoming generations. Furthermore significant as a moral lesson is that we shouldn’t judge gifted people by their outward show but by their own skills, talents and essence.
Vincent van Gogh is only an example of the talented men and women who failed in their pursuit towards glory.