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Featured Artist – Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was born Vincent Willem van Gogh on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands.

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His father, Theodorus van Gogh, was an austere country minister, and his mother, Anna Cornelia Carbentus, was a moody artist whose love of nature, drawing and watercolours was transferred to her son.

Van Gogh was born exactly one year after his parents’ first son, also named Vincent, was stillborn. At a young age—his name and birth date already etched on his dead brother’s headstone—the artist was melancholy.

In the fall of 1880, van Gogh decided to move to Brussels and become an artist. Though he had no formal art training, his younger brother Theo, who worked as an art dealer, offered to support him financially.

He began taking lessons on his own, studying books like Travaux des champs by Jean-François Millet and Cours de dessin by Charles Bargue.

Van Gogh had a catastrophic love life. He was attracted to women in trouble, thinking he could help them. His cousin, Kate, was recently widowed, and when van Gogh fell in love with her, she was repulsed and fled to her home in Amsterdam.

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He then moved to The Hague and fell in love with Clasina Maria Hoornik, an alcoholic prostitute. She became his companion, mistress and model.

When Hoornik went back to prostitution, van Gogh became utterly depressed. In 1882, his family threatened to cut off his money unless he left Hoornik and The Hague.

Van Gogh left in mid-September of that year to travel to Drenthe, a somewhat desolate district in the Netherlands. For the next six weeks, he lived a nomadic life, moving throughout the region while drawing and painting the landscape and its people.

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After more than 100 years since van Gogh’s death, more of his artwork was released. A painting of a landscape entitled “Sunset at Montmajour” was discovered and unveiled by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in September 2013.

Before coming under the possession of the Van Gogh Museum, a Norwegian industrialist owned the painting, storing it away in his attic, doubting that it was authentic.

The painting is believed to have been created by van Gogh in 1888—around the same time that his artwork “Sunflowers” was made—just two years before his death.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Van the right man for United?

Sometimes a job is just too big, as David Moyes found out during an ill-fated stint at the Manchester United helm, Louis Van Gaal was today confirmed as his replacement – Dom Kureen gives his views on the new man in charge.

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Manchester United manager: a post that can prove a poisoned chalice at the best of times, and one that was multiplied ten-fold for the brave soul replacing the iconic Sir Alex Ferguson, following his 27-year trophy laden reign in the North-West.

With David Moyes ditched four matches before the conclusion of his inaugural season in the Old Trafford hot seat, a cluster of prospective successors were linked to the vacancy.

Ryan Giggs was among the favourites, but his time is surely still to come.

Carlo Ancelotti seems content enough guiding Real Madrid, with the likes of Ronaldo, Bale, Modric and Ramos in tow.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho are worshipped at the grounds they currently walk on and both are tied to lengthy contracts as a consequence.

Among the sea of credible candidates, one fit the bill like a Playboy Bunny frolicking in a mansion hot tub – that man was Louis Van Gaal.

Experienced: CHECK

 

Successful: CHECK

 

Respected: CHECK

 

Confident/arrogant: CHECK, CHECK!

 

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The 62 year-old Dutchman first came to prominence when guiding a youth packed Ajax Amsterdam side to the Champions League title in 1995.

Utilising hot academy prospects such as Patrick Kluivert, Edgar Davids, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Clarence Seedorf, Edwin Van Der Sar and the De Boer twins, Van Gaal built a squad the envy of every other club side in the world.

Stints with global giants Barcelona (twice), Bayern Munich and the Dutch national side (also twice) brought mixed results, although any doubts over the veteran’s credentials were nipped in the bud by a remarkable four year tenure at AZ Alkmaar, who he guided to the Eredvisie championship in 2008-09.

Heading to the World Cup with the Netherlands this summer, Van Gaal will begin his English adventure upon the conclusion of the tournament.

Where there was general scepticism surrounding Moyes’ appointment last year, the consensus now is that an exciting new era will be ushered in during the short-term, with newly appointed assistant, Ryan Giggs, learning from one of football’s master tacticians.

That is of course the plan, but as Moyes’ miserable reign confirmed: In football it’s dangerous to plan too far ahead.

 

Futures that look bright under Van Gaal

 

Robin Van-Persie
Excelled under Van Gaal at international level and was made Dutch captain by him last year. His partnership with Wayne Rooney should prosper as a result of the appointment.

Juan Mata
Has shown glimpses of his Chelsea form since making a £37m move to Old Trafford in January, usually at his best alongside the under-utilised Shinji Kagawa. Expect Mata to become integral to any success United enjoy next season.

Phil Jones

Hasn’t really developed as expected since a high-profile £16.5m move from Blackburn Rovers to Manchester United three years ago. Will need to step up next term, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic departing the ‘Theatre of Dreams.’

Old Trafford Bound: Southampton should pocket £27m for teenage full-back Luke Shaw
Old Trafford Bound: Southampton will pocket £27m for teenage full-back Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw
Seems destined to inherit the left-back slot from evergreen Patrice Evra, with a £27m transfer from Southampton on the cards. The 18-year old is part of an exciting long-term vision that Van Gaal is likely to swiftly implement.

Adnan Januzaj
One of the few players at Old Trafford to enhance his reputation last season, the fleet-footed, Belgian born 19 year-old is a gem who should continue to prosper under the new boss.

Other youngsters
Expect Nick Powell, Wilfried Zaha and James Wilson to be unleashed in 2014-15, embellishing what, on paper, appears to be a remarkable pool of attacking talent.

 

 

Futures that look bleak under Van Gaal

 

Nani
Prodigiously gifted, exasperatingly inconsistent, the winger probably realises that his time in Manchester is approaching a meek conclusion. His presence now only serves to stifle the likes of Januzaj in the coming years.

Patrice Evra
With Luke Shaw inbound, the French full-back is in talks with Juventus after an eight year spell in the Premier League. Could still do a job as backup, but will feel that the move to Serie.A represents an opportunity for one last hoorah.

6.0: Ashley Young scores well for his diving, but not so much for his football skills since joining Man United.
Splash!: Ashley Young has cultivated his diving since moving to Man United.


Ashley Young

Injuries, dodgy dives and a regression of performance have hindered Young since his £16m move from Aston Villa. Once pivotal to club and country, the 28 year-old now has it all to prove.

Marouane Fellaini
Symptomatic of David Moyes’ time at Old Trafford were the ongoing tribulations of his £27.5m signing from Everton. Since then the Belgian midfielder’s value has diminished significantly and his reputation as a midfield powerhouse is in tatters.

Squad players
Expect the likes of Tom Cleverley, Alex Buttner, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Darren Fletcher and Antonio Valencia to have their cards marked by the new coach.

The class of ’92
While Giggs may be untouchable, the same cannot be said for the likes of Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes. Van Gaal is unlikely to stand on ceremony, regardless of their achievements as players.

Is Louis Van Gaal the right man to replace David Moyes? If not who would have been better? Let us know in the comment section below!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.