Introducing the book Lust for Life by Irving Stone
The Passion for Life is the adventurous life story of Dutch painter Van Gogh. It is an extremely valuable and readable book by Irving Stone, which has been made available to the interested parties by Neshaneh Publishing.
In fact, this book is a biography of Vincent Van Gogh in the form of a classic story. No artist has ever been so ruthlessly advanced or deprived of the most superficial joys of human life as Vengog, under the influence of his intense desire for creativity. The Passion of Life is the story of a genius painter whose life was a relentless struggle against poverty, frustration, madness and despair.
An excerpt from the text on the back of the book reads:
In this book, the painter Van Gogh is portrayed not only as an artist, but also as a character whose life is turbulent, hectic, and torturous in the form of a story full of passion and emotion – an example of which can be found in less time.
The book The Passion of Life
As mentioned, this book presents the biography of Vincent Van Gogh from the age of 21 to 37 in the form of a classic story. Wengog commits suicide at the age of 37 due to poverty and psychological problems.
During his lifetime, Vongog wrote many letters to his brother Theo, which are also the main sources for writing this book. Theo played an important role in Vangu’s life, and the two were strongly interdependent.
Vincent’s life story begins at the age of 21. He has a comfortable life at this age. He has a good job and it seems that he will improve in the future and will reach higher positions. But everything disappears very quickly and the hardships of Vincent’s life become more and more.
About the book Lust for Life
The biography of Vincent Van Gogh is perhaps one of the bitterest and most enduring biographies you can read in your lifetime. A bitter book, but I think very beautiful.
As you read the book, you will find that Wongug did not gain any prestige during his lifetime and was dependent on his brother throughout all stages of his life. His brother, Theo, is literally an amazing person who never lost hope in Wangog and always supported him. A permanent support that, if it were not for Vincent’s life, would have ended much sooner.
Before reading this book, I saw Van Gogh paintings, but I did not find any beauty in them.
I had no knowledge of this, and I had no general knowledge of art, but after reading the book The Passion of Life, after reading the hardships that Van Gogh had endured, and after becoming aware of the situations in which Vincent painted, he had a completely different perspective. I could understand his paintings. Paintings that I now find incredibly great and eye-catching.
Almost every stage of Wengog’s life was marked by extreme poverty and suffering, poverty and pain that allowed Wengog to create timeless paintings. In a part of the text of the book, Vincent says to himself:
Beauty is born of pain.
About the author of the book Passion for Life
Irving Stone was born in 1903 in San Francisco. In 1923 he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1924 he received his master’s degree from the University of California. Prior to the publication of his first novel, “Thirsty for Life”, he wrote police-crime stories for various publications. Stone called his work “The Real Biography” and based his novels on a comprehensive and meticulous study of the lives of real characters. In 1934 she married her editor Jean Factor. He founded the American Poetry Academy in 1962 and died in 1989 in Los Angeles.
Sentences from the text of the book Passion of Life
Look, Vincent, you can never be absolutely sure of anything. You just have to have the courage to do what you think is right. You may find out later that you made a mistake, but at least you did what you thought was right, and that’s important.
Vincent, in every person there is a kind of perfection, everyone has their own personality, and if one can discover it, the end result will be good.
In letters he received from his family, they described his behavior as disgusting and unreasonable. His father wrote that he led a aimless life with his nakedness and violated all socially accepted traditions. He wanted to know who Vincent wanted to choose a job for himself, make a living, be a useful person to society, and as a human being be able to share in the work of this world.
Suddenly he realized something he had long since realized. All this talk about God was just a childish excuse. Tricks of despair that a lonely and frightened human whispers to himself in a cold, dark and endless night. There was no god. There was simply no god. All that was there was confusion and ambiguity, and that was it; Compassionate, torturous, cruel, deceptive, blind and endless ambiguity.
– Well then you can not lend me twenty-five francs? I really need this money! I do not have a single piece of stale bread in the house.
Weissen Bruch happily rubbed his hands and said:
– Is it good! Is it good! Exactly what you need! Great for you. With this situation, you can become a painter.
Vincent leaned his back against the wall. He was so weak that he could not stand without support.
What is great about starving?
Van Gogh, hunger can be the best thing in the world for you. It makes you suffer.
– Why do you want to see me suffer so much?
Weissen Bruch sat on the only stool in his workshop. He crossed his legs and pointed his red iodine brush at Vincent’s jaw.
– To make you a real artist. The more you suffer, the more you appreciate it. This is the nest that all first-rate artists eat. An empty stomach is better than a pre-Van Gogh stomach and a broken heart is better than a happy heart! Never forget this!
– These words are all evil and Weissen Bruch, you know that.
Weissen Bruch shook his brush at Vincent several times and said:
Van Gogh The man who has never been miserable has nothing to paint. Happiness is only for animals, it is only good for cows and traders. What makes an artist flourish is pain and suffering; If you are hungry, disappointed and miserable, go and thank God, because God has opened you in His glory!
– Poverty destroys man.
– Yes, poverty destroys the weak, but not the strong! If poverty can take you away, then you are a weak-minded person and you should be stubborn.
Vincent’s dream of success was gone. He painted because he had to paint, because it saved him from spiritual torment, because painting dispersed his thoughts. He was able to live without a wife, a home and a child, he was able to live without love, friendship and health, he was able to live without shelter, comfort and food, he was even able to live without God. But he could not live without what was greater than himself, what was his whole life, and that was the power and ability to create.
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