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Vincent van Gogh Die-Cut Note Card with Stickers

Vincent van Gogh Die-Cut Note Card with Stickers

The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild

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The next time you cut off part of your ear lobe and give it to someone, why not include a note written on a die-cut Vincent Van Gogh card? Each card comes with an envelope and a sticker sheet filled with quotes from Van Gogh plus traditional messages like "Happy Birthday."
    • Includes envelope and sticker sheet
    • Product type: Blank Note Card
    • Shipping Dimensions: 8.75 × 4.0  (22.2 × 10.2 cm)
    • Shipping Weight: 0.13 lb (2.0 oz; 57 g)
    • SKU010003160 | 814229003137

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      Vincent van Gogh

      About the Artist

      Vincent van Gogh

      Vincent van Gogh (1853 — 1890) was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who posthumously became one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterized by bold colors and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. He was not commercially successful, and his death at 37 came after years of mental illness, depression and poverty. Today, van Gogh is one of the most widely recognized and celebrated artists in the world.

      The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild

      About the Brand

      The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild

      The origins of the Unemployed Philosophers Guild are shrouded in mystery. Some accounts trace the Guild's birth to Athens in the latter half of the 4th century BCE. Allegedly, several lesser philosophers grew weary of the endless Socratic dialogue endemic in their trade and turned to crafting household implements and playthings. (Hence the assertions that Socrates quaffed his hemlock poison from a Guild-designed chalice, though vigorous debate surrounds the question of whether it was a "disappearing" chalice.)

      Others argue that the UPG dates from the High Middle Ages, when the Philosophers Guild entered the world of commerce by selling bawdy pamphlets to pilgrims facing long lines for the restroom. Business boomed until 1211 when Pope Innocent III condemned the publications. Not surprisingly, this led to increased sales, even as half our membership was burned at the stake.

      More recently, revisionist historians have pinpointed the birth of the Guild to the time it was still cool to live in New York City's Lower East Side. Two brothers turned their inner creativity and love of paying rent towards fulfilling the people's needs for finger puppets, warm slippers, coffee cups, and cracking up at stuff.

      Most of the proceeds go to unemployed philosophers (and their associates). A portion also goes to some groups working on profound causes.

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