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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Up close, they reveal themselves to be rough seas of flowing colour. How should we go through this wall? With the possible exception of the intervention of Dr Ferdiere who got him drawing, Artaud keeps on saying the same things in the same way his whole life. This consciousness may also be aroused and called forth spontaneously in connection with certain particularly striking individual cases.

Maybe it was talent that drove Van Gogh to work hard enough to be good. The reason Artaud immortalised Van Gogh in his blazing screed is obvious and entirely forgivable. His flashes of brilliance are buried in large bodies of incoherence.

Powered by Social Snap. Lighting projects moving words in spirals around you, creating a gently disorientating effect whose message is clear: The whirling, churning effect of the wind on the clouds, trees and wheat fields best shown in Country Road in Provence By Nightis wonderful until we consider that soclety days goggh have been entirely free from any breeze.

Most of it is about insanity and lunatic asylums.

What hope did mere humans have when the mind could do this to cathedrals of solid stone? I know one who objected, a few years ago, to the idea of my accusing as a group this way the whole gang of respected scoundrels and patented quacks to which he belonged.

His development of the Theatre of Cruelty had a huge influence on both theatre and cinema. Is the mark of a great artist that they walk a fine line between genius and insanity? How de manage to do so? Nobody ever wrote or painted, sculpted, socieyy, built, invented, for another reason than to exit from hell.


Artaud declared xuicided incomprehensible because the effort to comprehend scared the hell out of him. He explains that there are, broadly, two schools of surrealism. 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.

He had endured financial hardship, poor physical health and recurring spells of antlnin and loneliness.

Artaud, fifteen years before Michel Foucault, affirms that madness has been created by psychiatric medicine and not the other way around. This may take place in the daytime, but generally, it is more likely to take place at night. Indeed, the psychiatrist does not exist who is not a well-known erotomaniac.

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. So what is the connection between Artaud and Van Gogh?

Antonin Artaud Van Gogh, The Man Suicided by Society

In a state of distress, fearing his compatriot Paul Gauguin was due to leave him, Van Gogh had partially hacked his left ear off, wrapped it in newspaper and delivered it to a brothel for safe-keeping. It takes time and effort to see what is in front of you rather than what you fear is in front of you.

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.

The Man Suicided by Society. This site uses cookies. For me, the fact that Van Gogh went from producing the sort of rubbish that fills my sketchbook and transformed himself, through sheer bloody hard work and perspiration, into one of the greatest visual artists who ever lived is a thousand times more inspiring than claiming he had some superior nature.

Subscribe to Blog via Email Receive notifications of new posts. He made himself a great artist. Consolation is not ours to give or take. You dismiss as delirious a consciousness that is active even as you strangle it with your vile sexuality.

The plague is not transmitted by dreams. His uses of colour guided Matisse and the Fauvists. 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. 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 as a painter, yes, and only as a painter, but who would, by this very fact, a formidable musician.


At first, the Dutch artist was served well by those he inspired, much more so than he had been by the art establishment during his lifetime. To insinuate that he was as good as murdered robs the painter of his free will. 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. My word how he succeeded.

In fact, taking a couple of months to produce a work was pretty slow for Artaud. It is useless to hit strongly, we have to sap this wall and go through it with a file, slowly and, in my opinion, with great patience. It focuses on the Van Gogh beloved of Antonin Artauda renaissance man lost in a dark age.

Perhaps, in our less charitable moments, we are comforted by the cost that appears to accompany their talent— the seemingly inevitable collapse into depression, substance abuse, and even suicide.

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

His face and stare are bold and defined suggesting a much sturdier physiognomy, yet the world around him is in unstoppable flux. All these developments were reciprocal. And this is not an image, but a fact abundantly and daily repeated and cultivated throughout the world.

And his legacy is beautiful. I have to say I hope this was what really happened. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: