National Geographic : 1997 Oct
VINCENT VAN GOGH LULLABY IN COLOR VAN UUGHMUSEUM,AMSTERUAM "Sorrowfulyet always rejoicing," Vincent van Gogh, who grew up walking the Dutch countryside, traveled through life seeking the eternal "Light that rises in the darkness" like these swans readyingforflight south of Amsterdam. From the pain and beauty of his journey, he created masterworks of passion, includingpenetratingself-portraits, such as this one at age 34. Van Gogh likened painting to performingmusic. "Whether I really sang a lullaby in colors," he wrote, "I leave to the critics."