Vincent Van Gogh, His Death and His Mental State

Vincent van Gogh

There is oddly several stories about van Gogh in the news the last week. I would like to summarize my feelings about van Gogh here:

  • He was not insane.
  • He was not a madman.
  • He probably had epilepsy.
  • He drank absinthe, which exaggerated his negative traits, as does all alcohol for most alcoholics.

I think the rest is speculation.

But here are some great articles from people who probably know what they’re talking about:

The Illness of Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh death claim unconvincing

The life and death of Vincent van Gogh