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By Lida Prypchan
“KNOW THYSELF” In 1897 Freud began what can be considered the most heroic act of his life – the psychoanalysis of his own unconscious. The ancient oracle of Delphi had from ancient times encouraged philosophers and thinking persons to pursue the maxim “Know thyself,” but unconsciously resisting,...

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
The genesis and content of a number of disciplines or activities outside the scope of medicine has repeatedly been psychoanalyzed. In this regard, the attention of psychoanalysts has addressed the history of religions, prehistory, mythology, and especially, literature and art. In this task, what psychoanalysts...

By Lida Prypchan
Although it appears that the two months between the arrival of Paul Gauguin at Arles and his time with Vincent van Gogh were largely two of the happiest months of van Gogh’s life, by December 23, 1888, it had ended in disaster. Whether precipitated by an argument with Gauguin, his feelings of inadequacy...

By Lida Prypchan
Years of sketching and studying the work of the artists that inspired him led to Vincent van Gogh’s foray into oil painting. Yet his first oil works have less in common with the work van Gogh is most famous for and more in common with the somber colors, tones, and lines of the sketching habits he...

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