Topic: Madness or creativity

The case of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the relationship between “madness” and creativity.

Van Gogh is generally considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt. His reputation is based largely on the works of the last 3 years of his short, 10-year painting career, and he had a powerful influence on expressionism in modern art.

He produced more than 800 oil paintings and 700 drawings, but he sold only one during his lifetime. His striking colors, coarse brushwork, and contoured forms display the anguish of the mental illness that drove him to suicide.

Some of his most famous painting are those of his late art work, completed while he was a patient at the asylum in Saint-Rémy.

Was Van Gogh simply insane or a creative genius? Where is the line between the two?

Your response should be at least 250-300 words in proper, current APA format. Include one reference.

Type of assignment: Essay

Subject: history

Pages: 1/275

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