Vincent Van Gogh: Artistic Brilliance vs Insanity


Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh by John Peter Russell; 1886

How many times have you heard of someone being described as having an artistic personality or an artistic temperament? This is often spoken as a backhanded compliment, implying that although a person may be gifted, they are also somehow insane (or, at least, extremely difficult to work with). The artist that most personifies the artistic personality is Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890.)

But what just is the artistic personality? Psychologists describe it as having certain elements of having a contrary nature often at war with itself. For example, they are both introverted and extroverted; intelligent and yet naïve about practical manners like handling money; is both humble and yet extremely proud – even boastful – about their art. Van Gogh had all of these qualities…

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