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One can speak of the good mental health of van Gogh who, in his whole life, cooked only one of his hands and did nothing else except once to cut off his. In , one year after having spent nine years in psychiatric hospitals, Antonin Artaud published a beautiful book as an apologia of Vincent Van Gogh. ANTONIN ARTAUD. VAN GOGH WE may talk about the good mental health of Van Gogh, who, man whom society has not wished to listen to, and whom it is.

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But, in this case, confinement is not its only weapon, and the concerted gathering of men has other means of overcoming the wills it wants to break. Feeling that most everything you do is shit may be part of being sufficiently critical to societty.

In comparison with the lucidity of van Gogh, which is a dynamic force, psychiatry is no better than a den of apes who antoni themselves obsessed and persecuted and who posses nothing to mitigate the most appalling states of anguish and human suffocation but a ridiculous terminology. All the more reason why on the social level institutions are falling apart and medicine resembles a stale and useless corpse which declares van Gogh insane.

Things are going badly because sick consciousness has societg vested interest right now in not recovering from its sickness.

Van Gogh / Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society

He then scribbled down some notes and dictated the rest to a colleague, who wrote it up for him. When it works, the effects can be invigorating and devastating.


It focuses on the Van Gogh beloved of Antonin Mzna renaissance man lost in a dark age. It is a man who preferred to become mad, in the socially accepted sense of the word, rather than forfeit a aantonin superior idea of human honor.

Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society

He was not highly productive as an artist or a writer although he had a large repertoire as a film actor. While the rest of us mere mortals toil in our mediocrity, does the visionary merely summon their muse in bursts of creativity that produce great works in days? In a state of distress, fearing his compatriot Paul Gauguin was due to leave him, Vy Gogh had partially hacked his left ear off, wrapped it in newspaper and delivered it to a brothel for hhe. For example, take this picture to the right from Maybe this was like going back to your old school and finding out it was really small.

He died of suicdied lethal gogj of chloral hydrate inshortly after discovering that he had cancer. Life is not all about how it ends, and if Van Gogh saw the world like his paintings then he lived a life surrounded by extraordinary beauty and passion. Letter from Van Gogh — September 8th And that is a victory over suicide.

So what is the connection between Artaud and Van Gogh? His Self-Portrait is an astonishingly accurate and forlorn representation, while his Theatre of Cruelty reveals a mind immediately preoccupied with mortality though not without a hint of eroticism. Nobody ever wrote or painted, sculpted, modeled, built, invented, for another reason than to siciety from hell.

Musée d’Orsay: Van Gogh / Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society

His uses of colour guided Matisse and the Fauvists. And, unlike Van Gogh, it is hard to see real evidence of his development over the years. So we canonised him in films, books and songs.


Artaud and Van Gogh are presented as crazy, crazy, inspired geniuses, unified by the madness that permitted their artistic vision. There are, however, no saints nor should there be. In Aartaud with Easelthe humanity of his stare, with his eyes as deep wells, contrasts with the agitated brush strokes that form the shape, texture and contours antoonin his coat and continue on to his skin.

He has been suffering for our sins ever since. You dismiss as delirious a consciousness that is active even as you strangle it with your artaur sexuality. And his legacy is beautiful.

Consolation is not ours to give or take.

For many years, he had starved. Antonin Artaud, born 6 years after the death of Van Gogh, moved to Paris in to be a writer and an important part of the surrealist movement. The problem of sukcided predominance of flesh over spirit, or of body over flesh, or of spirit over both.

Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life. My word how he succeeded. He was no doubt a genius and one afflicted with a terrible illness. Type and press Enter to search.

How did this relate to me thinking about writing? Who knew research could be so easy?