The Alleged Mental Problems of Vincent van Gogh

New vision on the mental problems of Vincent van Gogh; results from a bottom-up approach using (semi-)structured diagnostic interviews. Here I republish the Abstract of an article by Willem A Nolen et al. The views expressed here are theirs and do not necessarily reflect the views of the curator of this website. Interviews were conductedContinue reading “The Alleged Mental Problems of Vincent van Gogh”

Vincent van Gogh’s Physician

 This post continues the story of Vincent van Gogh in Arles. As everybody is aware, Vincent’s paintings received a low level of appreciation during his lifetime. The ‘Portrait of Doctor Felix Rey’ (above, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts) was a thank-you present to Dr Rey after Vincent’s first visit to hospital. Although only aContinue reading “Vincent van Gogh’s Physician”

Vincent van Gogh in Arles: He came, he saw and he ended up in hospital

   “..they call a painter mad if he sees with eyes other than theirs.”  Vincent van Gogh, August 1888. The fame and fortune of the City of Arles – in no small measure – is the legacy of two notable foreigners: Julius Caesar (100-44 BC) and Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890). The former “came, saw,Continue reading “Vincent van Gogh in Arles: He came, he saw and he ended up in hospital”

The Aerial Perspective: Leonardo, Botticelli and Vincent van Gogh

Anybody today can take a photo with a cell phone and immediately look at the resulting image. One can edit and transform the image using a variety of fixes and, if one’s luck is in, the end-product may be a ‘true-to-life’ resemblance of one’s original perception of the scene. Marvellous! Quite often, however, the imageContinue reading “The Aerial Perspective: Leonardo, Botticelli and Vincent van Gogh”

A Mysterious Tower in Vincent van Gogh’s Painting of Langlois Bridge, 1888

In an earlier post, I discussed Vincent van Gogh’s works at Langlois Bridge, Arles. Of particular interest is the painting F400 that includes an as-yet unidentified tower ‘T’ on the right hand side of the painting. The illustration below shows a photograph taken in 1902, which does not show the tower ‘T’, together with theContinue reading “A Mysterious Tower in Vincent van Gogh’s Painting of Langlois Bridge, 1888”

Vincent Van Gogh’s Langlois Bridge

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), the Dutch post-impressionist, is one of the most influential figures in Western art.  Many say he was a genius.  Van Gogh’s paintings Sunflowers, Cafe Terrace At Night, Irises, and The Starry Night were painted while he was living in the southern French city of Arles. Here I explore Vincent Van Gogh’s worksContinue reading “Vincent Van Gogh’s Langlois Bridge”