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By ARNOLD

Arnold (biochemistry and molecular biology, U. of Kansas scientific heart) brings the rigor of medical examine to a research in paintings historical past. He identifies an important questions surrounding van Gogh (wherever attainable, beginning with the artists personal reviews and analyses). textual content interpreting the scientific foundation of Van Goghs lifestyles, surroundings, and inventive specialty. appears to be like on the results of alcohol, smoking, malnutrition, and fasting at the artist.

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He was an amateur artist who had come south for "a nervous disorder, which had been brought on by the strain of the examinations" (letter 490). Vincent's friend moved to Paris later and boarded with Theo for several months. In many ways Mourier-Petersen strikes me as the epitome of the companions with similar and sympathetic ailments who managed to maintain a lasting affinity for Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh's early letter from ArIes to Toulouse-Lautrec went unanswered. However, there is no evidence to indicate a lessening of mutual esteem.

Most of the paintings from this period were significant and culminated in The Potato Eaters, Vincent's first real masterpiece and a "painting" rather than a "study" by his own definition. A lithograph of the ensemble was also executed in Eind- 42 hoven although some of the twenty prints were pulled on cheap paper and did not last (letter 435 c). Perusal ofthe letters around this period provides an exciting sequence starting with the application of finishing touches, the request for funds to cover packaging and shipment, "listening" to the paint dry, final delivery to Theo in Paris (letter 407), and then concern about its reception (see letter 424; and others).

There were some amusing exchanges in letters. Although barely risque by today's standards, they suggest that Vincent was even prepared to assume the role of experienced advisor for a young Bernard preoccupied with brothels (letters B4, B7, B8, B14). There were several suggestions that Emile might join him, especially after the already grudging support by Bernard's father was further threatened. Vincent had had some unpleasant encounters in Paris, wherein he supported artistic ideals against the senior Bernard (shades of arguments with father van Gogh).

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