My favorite artist is Van Gogh as well!
A story ran in National Geographic about him,it was an interesting read.
Turns out,he started his art journey drawing things like slums,beggars,deterioration,suffering in an uncolorful sketch style.And he tried so hard to sell these.After alot of rejections,he was still convinced that people wanted to see his "depressing" art.He was a lonely person.And art was more important to him than food.He would buy pencils and art supplies with the money that most financially poor people would spend on food.
I can't remember when he started his vibrant style,but I do know that when he did,the world was in a depressing state.With alot of issues.You would think that in a world like that his art would go unnoticed because it's "art",it's not very important to most people.
But that wasn't the case.His colorful art became famous and everybody loved them.This was because in a way people NEEDED Van Gogh,people needed that vibrancy in their lives to brighten up their gray landscapes.Hope and inspiration for the mind and heart was as important,if not more,than food and money.