The Tragic Genius: Van Gogh’s Journey Through Life and Art

Vincent van Gogh is one of the most celebrated artists in history, known for his distinct brushwork and use of vivid colors. Despite only dedicating the last decade of his life to art, he managed to create around 2,100 works, including approximately 900 paintings. Unfortunately, he only sold one painting in his lifetime and did not receive recognition for his work until after his death.

Van Gogh’s personal struggles were as well-known as his artistic talent. Evidence suggests that he faced several mental health challenges, including manic depression, epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. He also struggled with poverty and survived on a diet of cheap food, mainly bread and coffee. Despite these difficulties, he was able to paint through the changes he found himself in and allowed his style to evolve.

The Van Gogh Alive exhibition provides a unique opportunity for art enthusiasts to enjoy a larger-than-life portrayal of Van Gogh’s work. Visitors can immerse themselves in the life and work of the influential artist, gaining deeper context and insight into the paintings on display. The exhibition, hosted at Pavilion Bukit Jalil, will run until March 16, 2023.

Van Gogh’s most famous masterpiece, “Starry Night,” was created while he was in an asylum, where he spent time after a fight with a friend that resulted in him cutting off the lobe of his ear. It is said that he spent days staring out of his barred window, painting what he saw. “Starry Night” combines his view of different times of the day and changing weather to create a masterpiece that is loved by many today. Despite only selling one painting in his lifetime, Van Gogh’s work is now recognized as some of the most talented in history thanks to the diligence and hard work of his brother’s wife, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger.