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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How should we go through this wall? That is the action to create a path through an invisible iron wall that seems to be situated between what we feel and what we can. While the expressions may seem impassive, the merging of background and facial features is alarming. So society has strangled in its asylums all those it wanted to get rid of or protect itself from, because they refused to become its accomplices in certain great nastinesses.

Artaud was right to identify this tendency in his would-be mentor. Artaud has form for just skimming the surface than presuming his great insight gave him authority. Perhaps, in our less charitable moments, we are comforted by the cost that appears to accompany their xociety the seemingly inevitable collapse into depression, substance abuse, and even suicide. He has been suffering for our sins ever since.

In Artaud, the unease is explicit; in Van Gogh it is implicit. He then scribbled down some notes and dictated the rest to a colleague, who wrote it up for him. In the latter, it is almost as if the figure has been tortured, with bby catatonic look vaguely reminiscent of the medieval Wound Man illustration. Maybe this was like going back to your old school and finding out it was really small. Artaud and Van Gogh are presented as crazy, crazy, inspired geniuses, unified by the madness that permitted their artistic vision.


Antonin Artaud Van Gogh, The Man Suicided by Society

To insinuate that he was as good as murdered robs the painter antonn his free will. Life is not all about how it ends, and if Van Gogh saw the world like his paintings then he lived a life surrounded by extraordinary beauty and passion. Impressions of Landscape Nikolai Astrup: The fact that Van Gogh was aiming so desperately at serenity suggests something was manifestly not right. Follow me on Twitter My Eociety. Each created their own version of Van Gogh, with which to be inspired or with which to wrestle.

So we canonised him in films, books and songs. When he lashes out at Dr Gachet who appears here in the famous mournfully contemplative portraitTheo Van Gogh and to a lesser extent Gauguin, it seems steps too far, into the realms of paranoia. 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. And what is an authentic madman?

# LITERATURE /// Van Gogh The Man Suicided by Society by Antonin Artaud

Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life. Studio links Ian Davenport: Antonij 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. You dismiss goh delirious a consciousness that is active even as you strangle it with your vile sexuality.

I, Mr Artaud, am not an erotomaniac, he told me, and I defy you to show me a single piece of evidence on which you can base your accusation. It is a man who preferred to become mad, in the socially accepted sense of the word, rather than forfeit a certain superior idea of human honor.

What hope did mere humans have when the mind could do this to cathedrals of solid stone? The problem of the predominance of flesh over spirit, or of body over flesh, or of spirit over both. Besides the minor spells of country sorcerers, there are the great sessions of world-wide spell-casting in which all alerted consciousness participates periodically.


But this was not Artaud. Up close, they reveal themselves to be rough seas of flowing colour. Might we even see in the strange incongruous colours used a prophecy of the tropics he would flee to? 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.

In his brutally honest self-portraits, Artaud seems acutely aware that he was spiralling far from the strikingly handsome young man shown in accompanying film clips. For example, take this picture to the right from In comparison with the lucidity of van Gogh, which is a dynamic force, psychiatry is no better than a den of apes who are mn obsessed and persecuted and who posses nothing to mitigate the most appalling states of anguish and human suffocation but a ridiculous terminology.

Type and press Enter to search. And what he saw paralysed him. And perhaps, Dr L. The first attempts to use images and symbols from dreams to replicate the emotional landscape of the subconscious.

He was not highly productive as an artist or a writer although he had a large repertoire as a film oggh. Secondly, it got me thinking back to my earlier post about writing fast and writing slow. No, soviety Gogh was not mad, but his paintings were bursts of Greek fire, atomic bombs, whose angle of vision, unlike all other paintings popular at the time, would have been capable of seriously upsetting the spectral conformity of the Second Empire bourgeoisie and of the myrmidons of Thiers, Gambetta, and Felix Faure, as well as those of Napoleon Suidided.

At first, the Dutch artist was served well by those soclety inspired, much more so than he anotnin been by the art establishment during his lifetime.