Not in this lifetime

“For they could not love you, but still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight, on that starry starry night
You took your life as lovers often do,
But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.”
— Don McLean

It is widely proclaimed that it takes around 10,000 hours to gain mastery over a subject. Some modern experts claim it takes even longer with the ever increasing length and breadth of existing knowledge one has to first master. They all advice starting as early as possible to stand any chance of making it.

And yet Van Gogh first picked up a paintbrush at 28 and in the eight year that followed, he created art that has stood the test of time and made him an artistic legend. He managed to produce over 800 paintings in that period. The ones that survived are considered cherished masterpieces.

It is sobering to think how Van Gogh spent most of his life in pain and obscurity considering how acclaimed and cherished his work has been since he took his own life. True artists create not for any reason other than art being the medium they can best communicate their inner world to this world.