Shedding the Van Gogh Archetype

Woodcut of Vincent Van Gogh.

I teach printmaking art classes. I often ask students to name their favorite artist. The artist that comes up more than any other is Vincent Van Gogh. I hear reasons like “he suffered for his art” or “he’d rather paint than eat.” This is true. Van Gogh gave his life for his art. In the process, he became an iconic role model. I know this because he was a role model for me. But Van Gogh is a terrible role model, and I had to give him…

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Loren Kantor

Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.