I have always been a fan of Vincent van Gogh’s work, and “*The Starry Night” is my favorite of all his paintings. For me, his colors and imagery are both beautiful and mysterious. Sadly, he was not appreciated in his own time.
Yesterday there was a Doctor Who marathon on, and as I’m a big fan, I enjoyed every minute of it. If you are not familiar with this sci fi show, it is about the mysterious Doctor Who and his companion(s) who travel throughout the galaxies. Their “traveling vehicle” is a **TARDIS, which looks exactly like a British police call box. Because of the TARDIS, the Doctor and his companion can travel anywhere through space and time.
My favorite Doctor Who episode was about Vincent van Gogh. The Doctor and his companion were in a museum, listening to a lecture about Vincent Van Gogh’s work. The curator said that he was an unsung genius and that his work was like no other artist’s.
Long story short, the Doctor and companion decided to visit Vincent van Gogh in his timeline. They find him desperately poor, unable to even give his paintings away; his work was too unusual for the people of that time. Vincent is despondent and says bitterly that no one would ever want his paintings.
Knowing that Vincent will eventually give up on himself and commit suicide, the Doctor invites Vincent to take a “short visit.” They arrive at the museum (via TARDIS) and Vincent is amazed to see that, not only has his work been hailed as genius, but that the art world considers him brilliant. Wouldn’t you think that, once knowing this, Vincent van Gogh would be encouraged to go on? Sadly, he faced too many demons and eventually took his own life.
Just imagine if somehow we too could board the TARDIS, visit the future and see how we are remembered after we pass on? I’ll bet that, like poor Vincent, we would be amazed at the impact we made. I think we might be pleasantly surprised. It’s something to think about while we are still here.
*From Wikipedia: “The Starry Night is an oil on canvas by the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Painted in June 1889, it depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealized village. It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941, acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. Regarded as among Van Gogh’s finest works, The Starry Night is one of the most recognized paintings in the history of Western culture.“
**TARDIS: Time And Relative Dimensions In Space.