Van Gogh 's Characteristics Of A Creative Person

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In the article “What it Means to Be Creative” S.I. Hayakawa presents many different criteria it takes to be creative. Vincent Van Gogh, a famous painter, displays several of Hayakawa’s characteristics of a creative person. Van Gogh produced numerous influential paintings that required a great amount of creativity. Van Gogh suffered from psychotic problems, but this did not impact his work ethic or creativity. These issues may have helped produce ideas for his masterpieces. I believe Van Gogh can be considered a creative person because he had a distinct view of the world, he was uniquely in touch with his emotions, and he had to cope with loneliness throughout his life.

Hayakawa states a creative person “is not limited in his thinking to ‘what everyone else knows’” (167). As a painter, Vincent Van Gogh was forced to see things differently from others and he had to find a way to portray his ideas on canvas. Displaying one’s ideas on a piece of canvas is a very difficult task for all painters. In a letter to his brother, Theo, Van Gogh explains his attempts “to express the love of two lovers by a marriage of two complementary colours, their mingling and their opposition, the mysterious vibrations of kindred tones.”(Van Gogh 531). In this letter, he explains how he tried to show the love of two humans through the relationship that two colors have with each other. Love is a difficult emotion to describe with words yet Van Gogh manages to describe love using paint. He used his
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