Vincent van Gogh is the original tortured artist. The famous severed ear, the suicide by gunshot, and the vast body of work ‘discovered’ after his death – all shorthand for a genius cruelly ignored and a mind that was tragically unsound. On The Verge of Insanity – Van Gogh & His Illness, a new exhibition at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, tackles these preconceptions head on. As WILLIAM COOK finds out, the truth about Van Gogh’s creativity and mental health is far more complex – and richer – than simple headlines.
Read the full article on the BBC website: The real Van Gogh – A genius not driven by madness but crippled by it | BBC Arts