Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh, have a cigarette break!

Published: 30th Mar, 2009

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Had he not shot himself in the chest at the age of 37, Van Gogh would be turning 156 today. What a complicated young painter he was, and a prolific one too – he churned out nearly a thousand lovely oils in ten years, most of them done with part of his ear flapping bloodily on the floor. Hence, we thought we should buy him a decent gift. We discussed it all weekend, before it boiled down to a toss up between a picture of Lady Ga Ga that we cut out of a newspaper, or a clip of a man smoking a cigarette – something Vincent should have considered on that day when he fired a bullet into his lungs. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Vincent.

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

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