by David Stone on July 02, 2012 Comments (1)
The artist's cats were waiting every evening when Vincent Van Gogh, a passionate artist and a little deranged, returned home after burning himself out splashing his visions on canvas. In his last year, he went out and painted from observation and imagination in the windy fields of Arles and into the nights full of starry skies.
Van Gogh, one of the most popular of artists today, was rejected, even ridiculed in his own time. Even though his brother, Theo, was an art dealer, Vincent's paintings couldn't be sold to anyone. Making matters worse, Vincent had a personality like sandpaper. Theo may have been the only person who liked him or his art.
On the other hand, you find the artist's cats, George, Billy and Sam, as seen in the accompanying picture: Van Gogh's Bedroom (Artist's Cats Added) The cats faithfully waited for his arrival each day, even if they couldn't bring themselves to rush him like puppies.
Instead of his treasured, but resistant friend, Paul Gauguin, who still refused to join him in Arles, Van Gogh had his cats, each napping comfortably, careful to take up every avail place to sit or lie down. Unwilling to disturb his feline friends, he surrendered most nights to sleeping on the floor.
Sometimes, he dozed off into fitful sleep, wondering how the pictures above his bed had been knocked askew.
Even as he grew accustomed to the hard surface, sleep was often difficult because, after their own long day, the cats asked for fresh water, good eats and some string. They wouldn't let him sleep without it, using various antics, like Billy standing on him like he was a picket fence. So, Van Gogh gave up on sleep until dawn sent his cats cascading back into slumber and his nerves into a scramble for paints and canvas.
This continued for months until the unruly and rambunctious Gauguin finally settled in and the cats evacuated for safer ground. This didn't work as well as planned for Van Gogh. Along with his cats, who never came back, he also lost an ear after Gauguin proved more disturbing than the insomnia he got from the cats.