Mon 5 November 2007, The Independent

Inside the mind of Van Gogh

When Vincent van Gogh abandoned his work as a Christian missionary in 1880 to take up the study of painting in earnest, he spoke of his desire to discover how artists of all mediums tried to communicate universal truths and, ultimately, in their own way, reach the divine. "To try to understand the real significance of what the great artists, the serious masters, tell us in their masterpieces ? that leads to God," he said. "One man wrote or told it in a book; another in a picture."
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