Van Gogh at Musee D'Orsay


The crowds at the Musee D'Orsay will be thick but  Van Gogh/Artaud: The Man Suicided by Society is only on view for a couple more weeks. Darran Anderson reviewed the show for Studio International
The great flaw lay in one of Van Gogh’s more attractive features; his authenticity. For many years, he had starved. He had periodically been overcome by mental instability, having to admit himself to the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy. He had endured financial hardship, poor physical health and recurring spells of despair and loneliness. It was much too tempting to try to posthumously rectify the unjust neglect he faced in life, selling only one painting (The Red Vineyard), compared with his artistic brilliance. So we canonised him in films, books and songs. He has been suffering for our sins ever since. more

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