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Yesterday evening I was surfing through Spock to see if I could track down an old college friend and ran across a new website called Tracing Vincent, which is all about Vincent Van Gogh.  While the website is fairly interesting for people that are interested in the life and work of Vincent, I was saddened to see that my favorite painting "Wheatfield under Thunderclouds" done in 1890 was not one of the featured works. 

Wheatfield under Thunderclouds, 1890, Vincent Van Gogh

I am by no means an authority on art.  Other than taking one class in  mesoamerican art in college, all I know about art came from Fred Keep's Humanities class in high school.  I have been lucky to see wonderful museums around the world in my travels (Lovre, Hermitage, etc.), but have never taken to a single painting like I did with this one on a trip to the Van Gogh Musesum in Amsterdam.  The jpeg file doesn't do it justice and in person it is simply huge.  Vincent was an enigmatic fellow.  His mental illness and quirky behavior give him some distrinction, but I wonder sometimes if he would have painted unremarkable watercolors  if they had Prozac back a few hundred years.  



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