Van Gogh


Lindsey Mount (Senior)

Van Gogh is a famous artist that was born on March 30, 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands. He is mainly known for his post-Impressionist paintings.

During van Gogh’s lifetime, he created 2,100 artworks. 860 of those artworks were the oil paintings he created. Most of his oil paintings date from the last two years of his life.

While he was working, he also cut off his left ear during a fight with Paul Gauguin. Gauguin is an artist he worked with while in Arles. Van Gogh’s started hallucinating and suffered attacks that would make him lose consciousness. During one of the attacks from the illness they think he suffered from called epilepsy, he cut his ear off with a knife.

They don’t know what exactly van Gogh suffered from to make him act like this. Some doctors thought it was Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, Bipolar disorder, Thujone poisoning, Lead poisoning, Hypergraphia, and Sunstroke.

There are many reasons doctors think it could be any of these illnesses. Some of them could be caused by van Gogh using lead paints during his art career. Van Gogh also suffered from seizures, anxiety, and depression. Van Gogh also had an addiction to absinthe, a toxic alcoholic drink popular with artists at the time.

Thujone was the toxin used within absinthe, which worked against van Gogh by aggravating epilepsy and manic depression. Thujone can also cause one to see objects in yellow. Many believe that is why van Gogh’s paintings use a lot of yellow.

Recently, the Newfields Museum in Indianapolis has an exhibit to show off van Gogh’s artwork. THE LUME is an exhibit that is 30,000 square feet of immersive galleries. It lasts around 60 minutes of digital content that runs simultaneously and continuously throughout the whole exhibit.

The overall exhibit is uses 150 state-of-the-art digital projectors that transform two-dimensional paintings into a three-dimensional experience. You can see the van Gogh’s paintings as visuals up close and at every angle around the rooms you walk through in THE LUME.

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it,” said van Gogh.