To be Picasso or Van Gogh


One day in 1890, at the age of 37, Van Gogh pulled out his revolver, looked at the gloomy sky, and shot himself in the abdomen. Meanwhile, in another corner of the world, a 9-year-old boy, Picasso, was so distracted by the scene outside his window. He didn't want to listen to the lecture, and he just wanted to depict the beauty.

Some years later, they both became giants.

Different fates

Van Gogh lived in poverty and misery, but his paintings are colorful and full of imagination about the future, from "Starry Sky" to "Sunflower," all expressing Van Gogh’s extreme desire for freedom. Apart from hanging out with women, Van Gogh was left with nothing but drinking.

Although he painted more than 900 pieces in his lifetime, he only sold one painting his lifetime, earning 400 francs. Van Gogh committed suicide a few months later.

Van Gogh’s dead

Compared to Van Gogh, Picasso had a splendid and brilliant life. He was one of the gods of longevity in the art world who lived to 91. He was twice married and fathered four children in three different romantic relationships. After his death, Picasso left behind more than 70,000 paintings and many mansions, and vast amounts of cash, with a total inheritance of about 6 billion dollars, making him the wealthiest painter in history.

Picasso’s dead

The same as a painter, why do the two have different lives?

And in fact, they represent two extreme life paths; although they are both talented, the logic of doing things is entirely different; we make a comparison now!

Look at Van Gogh first

Van Gogh was even more straightforward; he was a cleric before he could paint. In Borinage, he spread the Gospel to the miners there. At the same time, Van Gogh aspired to fight against the misery by building a spiritual edifice for the miners through his faith, at the same time. He also took a practical approach to help the villagers. He gave them his clothes while huddling in a stable, shivering; he worked for the miners and nearly died himself.

Once Van Gogh threw his passion into faith, love, painting, and friendship. Yet, they drained his energy one after another and never returned: religion was so hypocritical, his lovers did not accept him, he could not sell a single painting, Gauguin left him and the yellow house, for Theo, his heart packed with guilt, life in the mental hospital was full of fear and loneliness, and nature finally returned to tranquility (Nature in Van Gogh's Heart). It seems that the death of exhaustion was predestined, just like Jesus on the cross, whose blood flowed out.

Van Gogh died of exhaustion. Although he had all the enthusiasm in the world, he did not know that everything in the world does not depend on spirit alone, which the Chinese knew better: the golden mean. Van Gogh was simple and could only use his enthusiasm, but he did not know that people who love life intensely often burn themselves because of this intensity.

But he did not know that people who love life intensely often burn themselves out because of this intensity. When more enthusiasm is burned out, what can a simple person like the water fight against absurdity and continue life?

Reading Van Gogh, I am eager to find a way out for him, resenting him and sympathizing with him, but I also know that his tragedy was destined. He was an angel, straightforward; his passion was a burning meteor, destined to last only for a moment. And God called him back to heaven in a short moment, not tolerating his suffering on earth and knowing that a naive baby cannot endure and resist this calamity.

And look at Picasso

Picasso was not born in glory, in the right bank of the Seine in the laundry boat of Montmartre's painting room, once a large number of down-and-out artists living in a snail's pace - some even died of old age there. When he first arrived in Paris, the young Picasso also lived in the slums here and then moved to the wealthy neighborhoods without looking back - Picasso also experienced a life strapped for cash, only he knew how to get out of it as quickly as possible.

Picasso always abandoned most of his friends behind him. He knew how to earn and live differently from others and because he did not want to look back too much on his early poverty: Picasso the Spaniard was better off than those who spent all their time in bars, found a sure way to make a living: painting, selling paintings. By then, he had shown himself to be both similar and different from the others.

No one could deny a man with the passion, energy, strength, talent, and uniqueness that Picasso was fortunate enough to bring together in one person. As an artist and lover, he was undeniably lovable.

The world gave him women and wealth, and his ego nourished his talent and extended his gift. He is an angel and a devil; he is ambiguous, no one can really understand him, so the more fascinating also.

So he kept changing women and even deliberately let women quarrel for him, embarrassed for him, which is as interesting to him as watching bullfighting. When his friends are in trouble, he is afraid of damaging his position. He is also stingy to pay for the help, resulting in the death of his friends in the situation. His women, two, committed suicide, a mental disorder, and they have given him too much friendship, and he absorbed too much splendor from them, and this is Picasso.

In addition, he was very business-minded. It is said that after Picasso became famous, he liked to pay by check, even for small household items. Why? When Picasso was already a renowned painter, if he used a check to make a purchase, what would the shopkeeper who got the check do with the check? Picasso thought that instead of taking the check to the bank, the shopkeeper should treat the check with Picasso's signature as a work of art and hurry up to frame and collect it, which is at least a significant souvenir and may be able to appreciate and sell it in the future. So, to not spend money can also be shopping, Picasso will use the check to checkout.

In Bordeaux, France, a winery belongs to the highly secretive Rothschild family, producing fine wines of world renown. Since 1945, Philippe Rothschild, the owner of Mouton Rothschild, has invited many master painters to design its wine labels every year, including Picasso, who created the 1973 label. But instead of asking the winery to pay him, Picasso accepted a batch of wine as payment for his work. Picasso believed that the value of the wine would soar because it was labeled with his design. Instead of drinking them, selling them at a higher premium in the future will be better. That shows that Picasso is a far-sighted master of money management.

That is the way of the two artists in the world; there is no right and wrong here, only their own choice. What I'm trying to convey is that we frequently encounter such issues in life. What determines your state of life is often not your talent and ability but your attitude and direction.

In any case, for future generations, these two are masters, like stars shining in the night, for us to admire!

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