Van Gogh painted some emotion evoking pictures! Yes, he is one of my favorites partly because of the difficult life he lived, but mostly because his work is superb. His paintings are so poignant in a good way. Look at this picture of his that I saw in The Met:
A photo does not do it justice. I hope you can see at least some of the texture in the paint. It is so alive with movement. The seeds and petals of the flower actually poke out. Here is a closeup:
And then in the MoMA, I got to stand next to The Starry Night. That was an emotional experience for me. Just look at my face. Art has spirit. It just does.