Saturday, November 28, 2009

Old Man in Sorrow on the Threshold of Eternity

Vincent van Gogh is an avatar that rises in my thoughts whenever the seasons change.
I saw poplar trees shedding beautiful yellow leaves when a loud flock of wild parrots landed in them, shaking branches, squawking. Autumn is naturally melancholy but bursting with colors, emotional combinations, parrots in poplar trees.
I revisited a monograph of VvG and concentrated on a piece from 1890 called Old Man in Sorrow on the Threshold of Eternity. He painted it in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence when he had become ill.
I decided to record a cover of Don McLean's song Vincent that captures him so elementally. Here is that song and a few paintings by the artist.

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