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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
“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
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
Despite being housed in a mental hospital for a year, Vincent appears to have never lost his ability and desire to produce art. Even during his time at the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, he turned out many of his most famous works. However, this period was not without its turmoil. It...

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...

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