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Vincent van Gogh (1853)

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch postimpressionist artist whose paintings include some of the world's best known, most popular, and most valuable pieces in the world today. Yet, only one of his paintings was sold while he lived. The majority of the works for which he is best known were produced in 29 months of frenzied activity and intermittent bouts with epileptic seizures and profound despair that tragically ended in suicide. What iconic painting did van Gogh complete while in a mental hospital? More...
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his art impression are wonderful
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Van Gogh painted Starry Night while in an Asylum at Saint-Remy in 1889.

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Van Gogh Starry Night (June, 1889)

A striking feature of van Gogh's famous painting “The Starry Night” is the yellow corona surrounding each star. The use of yellow characterizes many of the paintings of this Dutch post-impressionist, and much speculation surrounds van Gogh's fascination with this vibrant pigment. Did he simply like the color, or was his preference influenced by some medical condition?

Because numerous disorders have been diagnosed posthumously in this artist, various theories have been proposed to explain how van Gogh's physical state may have influenced his work. Two theories center on why he used so much yellow.

First, he was fond of absinthe, a popular liqueur containing thujone. Excessive consumption of this liqueur may cause the consumer to see all objects with a yellow hue. Investigations conducted in 1991, however, showed that a person must drink 182 liters of absinthe to produce this visual effect, so we can discount this theory.

A second and more likely explanation involves overmedication with digitalis. People receiving large and repeated doses of this drug often see the world with a yellow-green tint. They complain of seeing yellow spots surrounded by coronas, much like those in “The Starry Night.” The artitists's physician, Paul-Ferdinand Gachet, may have treated van Gogh's epilepsy with digitalis, a common practice at that time. In one of van Gogh's three portraits of Gachet, the physician holds a stem of Digitalis purpurea, the purple foxglove from which the drug is extracted (see figure).

Paul Wolf, Clinical professor of pathology
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I couldn't help singing the Don MacLean song Vincent in my head when I saw today's birthday. What a beautiful song for a beautiful artist. Boo hoo!
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