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Colorful Comic Illustrations Celebrate the Vibrant Life of Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh Comic Art by Alireza Karimi Moghaddam

Vincent van Gogh’s fascinating life story is one of the many reasons why so many people are drawn to his iconic paintings. The Dutch-born Post-Impressionist’s short-but-eventful life is the inspiration behind Iranian cartoonist Alireza Karimi Moghaddam’s ongoing comic series. Each colorful illustration gives a glimpse into Van Gogh’s world—from his love of nature to his issues with mental health.

Although Van Gogh tragically ended his own life, Moghaddam hopes that his illustrations can shed a positive light on the artist’s darker moments and make his viewers smile. “Van Gogh’s life was all about beauty and love,” says Moghaddam on his website. “It may have had a bitter ending, but it was inspirational for the future.”

Rendered in the cartoonist’s distinct, animated style, each image pays homage to Van Gogh’s painterly technique and love of vibrant colors. Many illustrations reference particular artworks, such as The Starry Night (1889). One of Moghaddam’s images depicts Van Gogh staring out his window at the swirling night sky as he smokes his pipe, while another illustrates him gazing lovingly at irises—a flower that became the subject of a painting he made at the Saint Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, in the last year before his death in 1890.

Scroll down to see some of Moghaddam’s latest Van Gogh-inspired illustrations and find more from his webcomic series on Instagram. If you like his work, you can also buy his artwork as posters via his website.

Iranian cartoonist Alireza Karimi Moghaddam celebrates the life of Vincent van Gogh in an ongoing comic series.

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Many illustrations star the the Post-Impressionist painter himself, in his own painterly world.

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Other images illustrate the iconic artist’s battle with mental health.

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Moghaddam hopes that his colorful illustrations can make people smile.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Alireza Karimi Moghaddam.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Northern Irish writer and artist now based in Berlin, Germany. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. She now contributes to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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