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Re: Depression and Creativity

Posted by Wittgenstein on January 10, 2008, at 4:53:07

In reply to Re: Depression and Creativity, posted by Phillipa on January 9, 2008, at 23:55:35

As for Vincent Van Gogh. He had an older brother who died before he was born, and who was also named Vincent. Vincent (the painter) was named after him - he was the 'replacement child', and everyday as a young boy, he would be sent to put flowers on his dead brother's grave. I wonder what effects this had. He has retrospectively been diagnosed with Manic Depression. During his life-time he was treated for epilepsy and spent periods in a mental asylum (at one point he cut off his ear and he ended his life by suicide). The treatment at the time for epilepsy was a drug called Digitalis (extracted from Fox Gloves) and can have the effect of distorting the vision, so that things appear with a yellow/green hue and hallows appear around lights. Perhaps this might explain something of The Starry Night and his apparent attraction to yellow from what we see in his paintings.





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