Wednesday, 27 July 2011
On This Day in Art History
Van Gogh's suicide was the tragic culmination of years of mental and physical illness. (It has been said that he suffered from epilesy, schizophrenia, a disorder of the inner ear, among other ailments. He was also thought to be addicted to absinthe, the mind-bending alcoholic drink, which was also known as the Green Dragon or the Green Fairy).
The artist left behind a priceless legacy of impressionist masterpieces. His genius, however, went unrecognised in his lifetime. He died a pauper, having only ever sold one of his paintings, Red Vineyard in Arles.