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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In his essay Van Gogh, The Man Suicided by Societywhich underpins the show, Artaud connected his suffering and abysmal treatment with the Dutch painter and his works, as if to say: What unites Artaud and Van Gogh, as the complementary quotes underline, is a wounded hyper-lucidity; insurmountable pain, a deep appreciation of almost miraculous and transitory beauty, and a mania in enduring one and capturing the other.

In comparison with the lucidity of van Gogh, which is a dynamic force, psychiatry is no better than a den of apes who are themselves obsessed and persecuted and who posses nothing to mitigate the most appalling states of anguish and human suffocation but a ridiculous terminology, worthy product of their damaged brains. One of my favourite pieces of his writing, Theatre and the Plagueis predicated on the notion that the plague is transmitted via dreams. Letter from Van Gogh — September 8th His early missionary work, preaching to coal miners in Belgium, was an unmitigated disaster.

In paintings such as Entrance to the Public Gardens in Arles and Les Alyscamps boththere is more than a hint of the sinister lurking figures in the works of Edvard Munch, another pupil of Van Gogh.

Like Me on Facebook. And what is an authentic madman? Studio links Ian Davenport: Feeling that most everything you do is shit may be part of being sufficiently critical to improve.

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The fact that Van Gogh was aiming so desperately at serenity suggests something was manifestly not right. For many years, he had starved.

from Van Gogh: the Man Suicided by Society – Antonin Artaud

Is the bt of a great artist that they walk a fine line between genius and insanity? Maybe this was like going back to your old school and finding out it was really small. Envoyer la citation Annuler. He then scribbled down some notes and dictated the rest to a colleague, who wrote it up for him.

In the latter, it is almost as if the figure has been tortured, with a catatonic look vaguely reminiscent of the medieval Wound Man illustration. Things are going ggh because sick consciousness has a vested interest right now in not recovering from its sickness. Impressions of Landscape Nikolai Astrup: The reason Artaud immortalised Van Gogh in his blazing screed is obvious and entirely forgivable.

Powered by Social Suicidfd. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I have to say I hope this was what really happened. As evidence, Dr L. And perhaps, Dr L. And his legacy is beautiful.

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

In his brutally honest self-portraits, Artaud seems acutely aware that he was spiralling far from the strikingly handsome young man shown in accompanying film clips. For a remarkably productive period, Vincent was plural. These similarities are most obvious in their portraits. In the midst of the clamour and commerce, it is entirely reasonable to surmise that whatever we did to these artists, we would do it all over again, despite our protestations to the contrary.

His flashes of brilliance are buried in large bodies of incoherence. His face and stare are bold and defined suggesting a much sturdier physiognomy, yet the world around him is in unstoppable flux. From afar, his paintings look harmonious, learning from the pointillists that shades blend at a distance. This is why a tainted society has invented psychiatry to defend itself against the investigations of certain superior intellects whose faculties of divination would be troublesome. Artaud, fifteen years before Michel Foucault, affirms that madness has been created by psychiatric medicine and not the other way around.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Artaud was right to identify this tendency in his would-be mentor. Maybe there is a talent that brings a certain vision, a certain perspective. When you think about it, the gunshot to the belly is a pretty odd way to commit suicide. It was much too tempting to try to posthumously rectify the unjust neglect he faced in life, selling only one painting The Red Vineyardcompared with his artistic brilliance.

Given that the acknowledgment of influence works retrospectively and selectively, it is fair to say that the cultural past is partially created in the present. All that, in the middle of a bombing like an atoms meteoric that would reveal itself grain by grain, proof that Van Gogh thought of his canvas th a painter, yes, and only as a painter, but who would, by this very fact, a formidable musician.

And where in this delirium is the place of the human self? But you have to overcome that and keep working.

Antonin Artaud Van Gogh, The Man Suicided by Society

Might we even see in the strange incongruous colours used a prophecy of the tropics he would flee to? He looked at the world and he saw himself, he saw ugliness and broken things. And this happened to van Gogh the way this always generally happens, during an orgy, a mass, an absolution, or some other rite of consecration, possession, succubation or incubation.