In my youth he was introduced to me as a 'stupid man' - the more I read about him and look at his paintings, the more I see how wrong that summation was.
I completely agree. There are a lot of misconceptions about him, including the ear episode, which points a lot towards Gauguin. He was a very passionate and emotional person. He committed himself for the sake of others. I read the letters of Vincent van gogh last year and they painted him in a different light (excuse the pun).