Hey everyone. I really enjoyed this quote from Voltaire regarding his significance in writing history: “What is my role in all this? Only that of a painter who tries, with a weak but truthful brush, to show men as they were.” (Stern, 38)

His quote reminds me a lot of Van Gogh the painter. He was criticized often for the “crudeness” in which he painted (dirty miners, peasants, etc.) and too sought to “show men as they were.”


-K. Knapp


2 thoughts on “Voltaire

  1. It is true that Van Gogh was criticized but however in our society we mostly are not observing enough. I remember taking an Art History class on modern art. One day we did a two-hour case study on Van Gogh and his life. In away people just do not know the story behind, which is why I am glad to be a historian because as Nikita Khrushchev said “Historians are dangerous people. They are capable of upsetting everything.” ~~Nikolay Zherebnenkov

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