Archives For Vincent Van Gogh

 

Yesterday (March 30) marked the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, one of our favorite artists and certainly one of the most well-known artists in history.

 
In honor of the occasion, here are five essential books for understanding the artist, his faith  and his work… 

 

1) Van Gogh: Complete Works

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“The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.”
– Alexis de Tocqueville
who was born on this date, 1805
 
Poem of the Day:
(A song actually)
Skin by Bill Mallonee
(
About Vincent Van Gogh
who died on this date, 1890)

 
Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
(The Newbery Award Winning)
Walk Two Moons

by Sharon Creech

Only $3.74!
*** Today is Creech’s birthday, she is 69.
 
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The Wake Up Call – July 29, 2014

 

The Bench at Saint-Remy - Vincent Van GoghThe Bench at Saint-Remy
Kevin Book-Satterlee

(Painting by Vincent Van Gogh.


Poem based on
the visia divina exercises
in Henri Nouwen’s book
Spiritual Formation
)

the gnarled, twisted arm of the long-
overgrown tree; the rigid, knotted muscles
of the one providing shade and rest.
the Christ hung on the smooth-scarred planks
of a tree that once shaded the Roman soldier
or perhaps a pair of Jewish lovers
acting out Solomon’s song.

under the weary tree, ancient,
its bark wrinkles under the pressure of time
and earthly formation.  countless hours
providing shade has made it an expert
in blocking the scorching heat.

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