Tuesday, March 30, 2010

twisted

There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.
Vincent van Gogh (30 march 1853 - 1890) painter

the photo above is a snap I took when I visited the asylum in saint-rémy where van gogh lived for a year. those days at saint-rémy may have very well been among the most difficult of vincent's life, but they were also perhaps his most productive as evidenced by the 142 paintings which he created while he was there. these paintings, which includes one of his bedroom, are among the most known and loved of his works.

while wandering the grounds of saint-rémy my heart was filled with both great joy and a terrible sadness. this grove of olive trees may look familiar - vincent was very taken by the olive grove perhaps the twisted yet enduring nature of the olive tree appealed to him.

photos: taken in october 2005

joni's twisted

12 comments:

Alan Burnett said...

Wonderful. The room is pure Vincent, the song pure Joni. On balance, you were probably right not to use "Vincent" as your accompanying music.

K. said...

Thanks for avoiding "Vincent." Too easy. "Twisted" is great, though!

Squirrel of Nyack said...

such a fun , cute song.

willow said...

I bet he never thought that little bed would be one of the most recognizable in history!

(Fun to see the pic of you and John! Glad to hear he was able to make it up your way, too.)

Roy said...

My profound thanks for not using "Vincent". Joni's far more convincing as a nut!

That's neat to see the scenes that inspired Van Gogh. Great post!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

never even thought of using mclean's song! it is a soothing tune. in my twisted brain, joni and vincent are kindred spirits, or because in a way they are both inspirations/muses for me.

and of course there's joni's famous remark:

"a painter does a painting and he does a painting, that's it. He's had the joy of creating it, and he hangs it on some wall and somebody buys it, somebody buys it again, or maybe nobody buys it and it sits up in some loft until he dies. But he's never, they, nobody ever says to him, nobody ever said to Van Gogh, 'Paint a Starry Night, again, man. hehehe. He painted it, that was it!"

hey squirrel - nice to see your avatar! been a while!!

willow - i was so happy to meet john! i hope one day to meet you also, and you are soooo close!

roy, i'm sure you are only implying joni and vincent may be nuts in the most loving and sweet way possible. personally, i'm fond of nuts and i guess it takes one to know one and to love one. tee hee!

Ronda Laveen said...

I loved that photo!

Baino said...

I only found out recently via another blog that there's some supposition that poor Vincent had his ear lobe lopped by friend and rival Paul Gaugin. There's also supposition that despite having an STD and being known for being a bit loopy, he may in fact have had a physiological brain disorder that made him behave so erratically. Strange how someone so 'twisted' could be so talented.

Subby said...

I thought this room looked familiar...i like how he had "two" of everything in the paintings. 'Course the story on that is another matter...

Tom said...

delightful song choice, i listened while perusing your ciff list...doubt i'll ever see any of those films, but a couple look worth the effort to look up...

John Hayes said...

Beautiful photos, & a rather chilling quote from Van Gogh. I was just listening to the Lambert, Hendricks & Ross version of "Twisted" today! What a fun song.

Anand Suradkar said...

To suffer without complaint is the only lesson he was have to learn in his life that was true.Vincent you are always with us Thanks for posting this photos thanks