“Starry Starry Night (Vincent)” A Song About An Artist
Starry Night – the Paintinghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXP7JMpiJEU
Songwriting Talent Don McLeans superstar status is largely due to his remarkable song, “American Pie” which, in 2000, once again topped the charts worldwide, when recorded by Madonna. Back in 1972, Vincent (Starry Starry Night), taken from the American Pie album gave Don McLean a second number one hit single and another landmark entry in the history of popular music.
Vincent van Gogh McLean was primarily singing in elementary schools and the like when in 1970 he wrote a musical tribute to painter Vincent van Gogh
Don McLean "Vincent" was also a smash, and Don McLean even became the subject of the Roberta Flack hit "Killing Me Softly With His Song" (later recorded by The Fugees)
Famous Artist Vincent van Gogh is well-regarded as one of the greatest and most famous artists, ever. His life and work have inspired and influenced much of art history since his tragic death in 1890. In fact, what many people today consider to be the archetypal "artist persona" is largely a result of his influence.
Biography Vincent van Gogh was born in the Netherlands on March 30, 1853. His mother had given birth to a stillborn baby one year earlier, also on March 30. That baby had also been named Vincent. Over the course of his 37 years, Vincent painted some of the most renowned paintings of our time and went a little crazy in the process.
Vincent van Goghs Early Years Vincent van Gogh quit school when he was only 15 and headed off to England in 1869. There he began a career not as a painter but as an art dealer with the firm Goupil & Cie. Van Gogh spent seven years with the firm, but became unhappy and decided to try his hand teaching at a Catholic school for boys. In the following years, Vincent went from job to job, living in various cities in Europe. Finally in 1880, van Gogh decided to head to Brussels to begin studies in art. During the next ten years, Vincent van Gogh painted 872 paintings.
The Famous Vincent van Gogh Although Vincent van Gogh is a world-famous artist today, he did not get much recognition during his lifetime. Van Gogh only sold one painting while he was alive, which was Red Vineyard at Arles. For most of his life he was very poor, often spending money on art supplies instead of food.
Vincent van Goghs Dark Side Vincent also suffered from severe depression and was admitted to an asylum in December 1888, after chopping off his own ear. He was in and out of asylums for the next year. It is now thought that Vincent van Gogh was actually epileptic but, throughout his life, people thought he had fits of insanity. While in the asylum Vincent painted one of his best-known paintings, Starry Night
Suicide In mid-May 1890, Vincent left the asylum and spent the last few months of his life in Auvers, France. On July 27, 1890 Vincent van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a revolver. Two days later he died with his younger brother, Theo, by his side.
Portrait by Vincent van Gogh For the last few months of van Goghs life, he was seeing Dr. Gachet about his mental instability. Van Goghs Portrait of Dr. Gachet remains one of the most expensive paintings in the world. In 1990 a Japanese businessman paid $82.5 million for the painting. Since his death in 1996, the painting has not been seen.
Vincent by Don McLean Starry, starry night Paint your palette blue and grey Look out on a summers dayWith eyes that know the darkness in my soul Shadows on the hills Sketch the trees and daffodils Catch the breeze and the winter chills In colours on the snowy linen land