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By Lida Prypchan
Born on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands, Vincent Van Gogh lived the life of a tortured artist. Known for his use of color as symbolism as well as his rough painting style, Van Gogh’s influence on 20th –century art virtually mirrored the influence of the modern medical exploration of...

By Lida Prypchan
One thing we can say about the life of Wilhelm Reich is that it was troubled. A photograph I have at hand reveals a man with a penetrating stare, protruding lips, deep wrinkles, and an expression of disillusion. Maybe it was because the era in which he lived lacked the understanding necessary for him...

By Lida Prypchan
At 29 years old, in January of 1882, after a second spurred marriage proposal combined with his subsequent loss of faith, Vincent van Gogh moved to The Hague to pursue a career in art, as a peasant painter. He studied the works of Jean-François Millet, a French painter noted for his illustrations of...

By Lida Prypchan
Although we know Vincent van Gogh as a prolific and talented artist, the work we are familiar with did not begin until the artist himself was 27. Sources agree that, as a boy, van Gogh did draw, which would make sense since his mother was considered artistic, but those early drawings were more copying...

Art and ReligionBy Lida Prypchan
Vincent van Gogh was born into a clan that were adept at two things – religion and art. Traditionally, the male members of the family were expected to enter the art world or follow a calling into religious ministry. Vincent’s paternal grandfather, also named Vincent, obtained a degree of theology,...

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