There was a problem sending you an sms. Check your phone number or try again later.
We've sent a link to the Scribd app. If you didn't receive it, try again.
On a beautiful summer day in July 1890 Vincent van Gogh, now
recognized as one of the world's most gifted painters, went down into the
open country of Auvers, France and shot himself in the heart with a revolver
(Martini 3). The man who is now known throughout the world for his
revolutionary artistic talent died in his brother Theo's arms, little known or
appreciated in his own time (Barnes 17). Van Gogh's suicide marked the
end of a life-long struggle with mental illness and depression which affected
every aspect of his personal and social life. His unpredictable, sometimes
even violent mental and emotional states led to a life of loneliness and
isolation, preventing van Gogh from achieving much recognition or success
in his own lifetime. Much of van Gogh's inner pain is reflected in his
paintings -- especially in his own self-portraits. In fact, the fluctuations in
van Gogh's mental state and mood due to his mental illness directly
influenced his choice of color schemes and facial expressions in his self-
portraits. His Self-Portrait painted in 1887 reflects van Gogh's mental
excitement and optimistic energy during this very productive period of his
life. In contrast, Van Gogh's 1889 Self-Portrait was painted during his
darkest period of illness and misery and these qualities are expressed
through van Gogh's technique. His Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889-
90) is a testament to the physical effects of van Gogh's illness as well as how
close he was to finally giving up and ending his life by his own hand, while
his Self-Portrait in Front of the Easel (1888) gives a foreshadowing of van
Gogh's passage from a time relatively free of symptoms to a period of mental
pain and turmoil. Through his self-portraits van Gogh communicated his
pain and sorrow to the viewer, creating lasting monuments to his chronic
sadness as well as to his phenomenal talent.
Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 at Groot Zundert, a
village in Dutch Brabant. He was the eldest son of a Protestant clergyman
named Theodorus van Gogh, and his mother's name was Anna Cornelia
Carbentus (van Uitert, van Tilborgh, and van Heugten 27). In 1857 van
Gogh's brother Theo was born, and for the rest of his life van Gogh would
remain very close to his younger brother. In many ways, Theo was van
Gogh's only friend, and lent him support in times when van Gogh felt totally
isolated and alone. Throughout his childhood van Gogh suffered from a
"highly strung, over-sensitive temperament" which contributed to his sense
of isolation and loneliness (Barnes 8). He felt alone in the sense that no one
else could really understand him, and this further cemented the bond
Now bringing you back...
Does that email address look wrong? Try again with a different email.