Van Gogh suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy and mental illness, most commonly believed to be manic depression. According to the artist, “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” Vincent van Gogh experienced multiple bi-polar breakdowns within a short period of time before his death on July 29, 1890. A few of his biographers claim that it was a child with a “malfunctioning gun” that fired the shot, killing the artist two days later, but because of his mental status, Vincent’s death is commonly believed to have been suicide.
On December 23, 1888, Vincent suffered from a psychotic breakdown, cutting off a portion of his left ear and presenting it to a prostitute at his favorite brothel. He was found later in that day by policemen in a pool of his own blood. Officials then took him to the hospital of Arles, France where he was admitted into the asylum. Starry Night was painted during his stay at the asylum and is his adaptation of the view from the cell window.2 In van Gogh’s own words, “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars make...
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