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By Lida Prypchan
In most books about how to improve memory the authors depict memory as a file with many drawers where we can classify and select what will go in each. We memorize something in a better or worse way, depending on the favorable or unfavorable impression that it produces in us. How can we not be interested...

By Lida Prypchan
For the majority of his life, Vincent’s life and wanderings were financed largely by his family, especially Theo. However, while he was in The Hague, Vincent did sell two sets of drawings – a total of 19 drawings – of town landscape sketches to his uncle Vincent. Unlike the bulk of his later...

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
The spring of 1885 held both heartache and promise for Vincent van Gogh. On the evening of Thursday, March 26, 1885, Vincent’s father, Dutch minister Theodorus van Gogh, died of a stroke. Vincent telegraphed his brother, Theo, at Theo’s place of business in Paris with just five words: SUDDEN DEATH,...

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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