Year: 1971 Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, v.217, no.7, (1971), p.938-939 SIEC No: 19830132

This article discusses possible contributing factors for Van Gogh’s suicide. The author postulates that the artist suffered from glaucoma & the realization of his impending blindness motivated his suicidal act. This disease is described & applied to aspects of Van Gogh’s art, such as the halo effect in his paintings & his relocation to a brighter area in France. The relative absence of depression in Van GoghÕs later works is discussed. (1 ref) (SC)