UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Van Gogh's UFOs


Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh shot himself on Sunday, July 27th, 1890, and died from that gunshot the following Tuesday, July 29th at 1:30 in the morning.

Van Gogh’s mental state has been the topic of many articles and book chapters; not just for the period leading up to his suicide attempt, but for the whole of his life.

(Some have postulated that Van Gogh became deranged by the use of absinthe, a narcotic that was popular among artists. Others suggest Van Gogh was troubled by bi-polar etiology -- manic-depression. And one Ph.D – Wilfred N. Arnold, in Science, May 12th, 2006 – wrote that Van Gogh suffered from an inherited disease, AIP or acute intermittent porphyria. There are other diagnoses.)

But Van Gogh wasn’t psychotic, not at first anyway. He was subject to observations of UFOs after 1888, maybe before, and those observations affected him, as they would affect any hyper-sensitive person: an artist with the nature that Van Gogh had fro example.

Here are three paintings that show, not exaggerated stars but UFOs, all done in the year 1889.




Was Van Gogh subject to more than observation of UFOs, like an abduction for instance?

He often painted alone, at night, as this except from an 1888 letter to his brother Theo recounts:

“One night I went for a walk by the sea, along the empty shore….”

And this from “Van Gogh: The Man and His Work” by Pierre Cabanne [Prentice-Hall, N.J. 1963, Page 160]:

“Night fascinated him….He would settle himself on the bank of the Rhone, sticking candles on the brim of his hat to give light, and paint the stars [our emphasis], his nocturnal sunflowers…

He was taking visible things as a starting-point from which to attain to the heights of revelation.”

This is what mystics do and have done. It’s also what abductees, real abductees, and UFO observers would feel, after an actual UFO incident.

And abductees would go mad, as Van Gogh did, if they were actually kidnapped, or even just had a vibrant UFO experience.

Van Gogh saw UFOs, painted them, and had psychotic episodes because of them.

Then he shot himself, in the stomach.

What do UFO observers and abductees (experiencers) do? They go back to business and life, as usual. No wonder we (and others) discount their anecdotes.


  • Interesting speculation but didn't you just recently state:

    Why no UFO observations by (truly) famous people?
    Thursday, April 12, 2007

    "Some artists have placed UFOs into their paintings – medieval and Renaissance artists… but none of the great painters of later eras (Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, et al.) and none at all in the contemporary art field have depicted a UFO sighting, other than a fictional one."

    As for the origins of Van Gogh's "starry" imagery ...

    CCS - Cargo Culture Shock

    In late January I participated in an interesting local (San Marcos) event which highlighted the interfacing of Art and Science and focused discussion (somewhat) around the film 2001:

    A Space Odyssey. This event will hopefully be the first in a continuing series. Before my lecture was a talk by a local astronomer about using science to learn the details of historic artist Vincent van Gogh, specially his astronomical paintings such as Starry Night and White House at Night. You can read more about his research here:

    New Scientist Newsletter 10 March 2001

    See also:

    Vincent van Gogh: Online ForumThe Vincent van Gogh Information Gallery. ... have had visual experiences in childhood of astronomical phenomena that are purported to have been impossible ...

    news @ nature.com - Moon dates Van Gogh - Astronomy solves art ...Moon dates Van Gogh. Astronomy solves art-history puzzle, reprised next month. ... himself to a monastery asylum and also painted the famous Starry Night. ...

    - SMiles

    By Blogger ELFIS, at Friday, June 01, 2007  

  • Elfis:

    Our point, as confusing as it is, was that Van Gogh saw "UFOs" and painted them; he didn't really see UFOs (legitimate craft from outer space) but had visions just as UFO witnesses and abductees have.

    And those visions made him mad (not angry but psychotic).

    Famous persons, if they saw a bonafide "flying saucer," either didn't record the episode, thinking it not important, or they decided not to go public with their "temporary insanity."

    The confusion, for us, and others it seems, is that UFOs are real in some instances and not real in others....the Vallee hypothesis, talked about elsewhere here, as you know.

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, June 01, 2007  

  • his stars are just exaggerated b/c he was an impressionist painted. he painted the clors he saw in the scene w/o regard to object. theyre big and yellow because stars give off light. he painted what he saw, not UFOs.
    but thats just playing devils advocate. i find your idea a nice one.

    By Blogger HappyBuddaH, at Monday, September 10, 2007  

  • HappyBuddah:

    Van Gogh's letters to his brother (Theo) often noted that he "saw things."

    Were those "sightings" hallucinations or actual artifacts (or even UFOs)?

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, September 10, 2007  

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