Vincent van Gogh: An Individual Worth Knowing – an analysis through the lens of the communication model

©TCM The Communication Model 2013

When I was studying, “Arts Policy Management and Education, specialization Art Education” in the province Noord-Holland in the Netherlands in 2001, I analyzed this painting called “The Langlois Bridge at Arles.” When I currently view this painting, and look at all the small details, it seems to remind me of a time that seems so foreign to me and at the same time it is so familiar. For example, this painting seems to capture my emotion of that day. The imprinted brush-strokes, the bright colors, the stark darkest black positioned in just the right way, as to create some kind of mystical harmonious balance – all of that seems to reflect my emotion. This one painting seems to appeal to my senses in a way like never before. I remember arriving in Cologne – so excited by this amazing place. The cathedrals seemed to tower over me in such a way as to make me become acutely aware of my humanity. I felt so small walking along the gray stoned streets. Walking from the train station to the Wallraf-Richardz Museum was probably one of the most humbling experiences for me, because I felt such profound power from the beauty of humanity. I felt like a tiny ant amoungst lions in an African jungle. I remember looking up at the beauty of the inside of the cathedral. I remember thinking about how human beings created this – and it’s architectural perfection – I was in such awe. In a sense this experience was very spiritual to me. It was like a spear going right through my heart, awakening my soul and allowing the blood to pump through my veins with such vigor. I felt alive, like never before.

I presented my analysis of the Van Gogh painting, “The Langlois Bridge at Arles,” 1888 to the class. I remember staring at the thick brush strokes through the glass frame in the museum. The thickness of the brush strokes on the painting, still clearly visible to the naked eye. The thickness of the paint on the canvas seemed to me to be like flesh, blood and the soul of a very great artist. I felt close to the authenticity of the original painting – a closeness to the expression of a deep and profound psychosis, a communication, a reciprocation, a reflect of insanity and injustice through the eyes of an individual worth knowing.

Painting, “The Langlois Bridge at Arles” Vincent van Gogh, 1888, Wallraf-Richardz Museum, Cologne, Germany, Europe




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