Vincent Van Gogh's Impact On His Life

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I am sure that some else in the class also chose to research Vincent van Gogh. So, I decided to write about van Gogh's self impact on his own life instead of his world impact on art. Vincent van Gogh was a marvelous artist that caused much wonder and astonishment not only by his work, but by his life that was destroyed by his own master mind.Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch painter, born on March 30, 1853 and died July 29, 1890. He is now one of the most famous painters in modern art (World Book 306). He sold only one painting during his life, but now his paintings are considered priceless. Some of his paintings and drawings include: The Bedroom at Arles 1888; Self-Portrait 1888; Vase with 12 Sunflowers 1888; Langlois Bridge with Women Washing 1888 (Sweetman 378).In 1888, Paul Gauguin, another artist, moved into Vincent's house. At first, everything worked out fine, but soon their personalities started to conflict, and big problems started to arise. On December 23, 1888, Paul Gauguin was taking a walk in the nearby public garden, when, according to his memoir "Avant et Apres," van Gogh chased after Gauguin with a razor blade. But, when Gauguin turned around confront him, Vincent ran away to his house. Frightened from what had just happened, Gauguin checked into a hotel room for the night. When Gauguin went back to his house that he shared with Van Gogh the next morning, he saw a crowd of police officers and others surrounding the house. He walked into the house and saw that there was blood everywhere. He then noticed a trail of blood leading up the stairs. When he got to Vincent's bedroom, he found him curled on his own bed covered in bloody sheets. Gauguin thought Vincent was dead at first, but when he touched his hand and felt the warmth he realized van Gogh was still alive (Sweetman 290). Gauguin later found out that Vincent had cut off almost his whole left ear, wrapped it in newspaper, and had given it to his friend Rachel and said "Guard this object carefully," (Sweetman 293).Some reasons hypothesized for van Gogh's unusual acts of insanity are: schizophrenia; he was unsuccessful at harming Paul Gauguin so he turned the violence onto himself; he was just filled with self loathing. It was later discovered that he was tormented by voices and hallucinations, supporting the hypothesis of Schizophrenia. Had he...

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