One of his most famous paintings, (1889), was created while he was a patient at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole Asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France.
We speculate that his mental instability was secondary to temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) as manifested by intellectual and emotional auras—déjà vu, jamais vu, illusions, delusions, and hallucinations.
Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Postimpressionist painter and one of the most prolific and influential artists in the history of Western art.
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However, Johanna prized Vincent’s art and relied on selling some of the paintings to help support her young son (Righthand, 2010). He painted for 10 years, and during this period of time, he created 860 pieces of art (Van Gogh Museum, 2005).
His paintings demonstrate a clear style of movement and color in thick layers of paint. Were the locus of his genius and his affliction the same? Was he pouring his genius and affliction through his paintbrush onto the canvas?Vincent van Gogh was a person with a difficult and dramatic life.He was a poor, unknown artist suffering from a mental disease. However, evermore he had lost touch with reality and rationality—his mind was evermore deranged. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY. His hands still possessed the ability to apply paint to canvas to portray his emotions and imaginings.This approach to art set van Gogh’s place among the most famous artists in history, and though he died unknown, now his name is synonymous with being an artist.When van Gogh stayed at the mental hospital in Saint-Remy, he used painting as a coping mechanism to help himself deal with his symptoms.Three additional anatomic features also correlate with the painting: the posterior cerebral artery, the third cranial nerve, and the tentorium. Anatomic schematic used with permission from Parent A, .Notice the labeled structures in the former correlate almost perfectly to the latter.