This will be about my views on what it takes to put a three dimensional world onto a two dimensional surface. With a lot of digressing.
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May 11, 2009

DEMENTIA or Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder

I've heard and read many theories regarding the madness of Van Gogh.
He mouthed his brushes to improve the points, he ate paint, he drank turpentine, he had epilepsy, he had lead poisoning.....
True, the pigments he used, the colors he preferred, were highly toxic. Differing with the color, they contained lead, arsenic, cobalt, copper, manganese, cadmium sulphate, gambogic acid, singly or in combination.
At least he was not obliged to grind his own (and possibly inhale) powdered pigments, which was the custom in earlier times. Purists still do it, but with full knowledge of the chemicals, and with safer alternatives.
As far as his some aspects of his technique and palette, its also been said that absinthe to excess changes color perception, that lead poisoning can produce visual halos, blah blah and blah.
Can't we just say he was a wonderfully unique painter; lonely, poverty stricken, driven, rejected, under-appreciated probably an alcoholic, possibly in an advanced stage of syphilis and leave it at that?
The Myth Seekers won't be happy.


  1. This was in reference to another painter, but years ago I heard this phrase which fits...

    "He was a remarkable painter in spite of his troubles, not because of them."

  2. I agree with R. Why do we always have to find fault instead of celebrate uniqueness?
    I found you through R and love your website and work, Marjery. I live in VA and used to live on LI, too.

  3. Thanks, and Hi. Where on L.I.?
    I don't think its a matter of finding fault, it the same old eternal wish for the myth over the truth.
    VVG is the Elvis of the art world