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This was a pain to write but is a quality paper and will pull in a good grade Excellent work well-researched and organized 1 A Tormented Mind Vincent van Goghs Mental Illness Reflected in His Self-Portraits On a beautiful summer day in July 1890 Vincent van Gogh now recognized as one of the worlds most gifted painters went down into the open country of Auvers France and shot himself in the heart with a revolver Martini 3 The man who is now known throughout the world for his revolutionary artistic talent died in his brother Theos arms little known or appreciated in his own time Barnes 17 Van Goghs suicide marked the end of a life-long struggle with mental illness and depression which affected every aspect of his personal and social life His unpredictable sometimes even violent mental and emotional states led to a life of loneliness and isolation preventing van Gogh from achieving much recognition or success in his own lifetime Much of van Goghs inner pain is reflected in his paintings -- especially in his own self-portraits In fact the fluctuations in van Goghs mental state and mood due to his mental illness directly influenced his choice of color schemes and facial expressions in his self- portraits His Self-Portrait painted in 1887 reflects van Goghs mental excitement and optimistic energy during this very productive period of his life In contrast Van Goghs 1889 Self-Portrait was painted during his darkest period of illness and misery and these qualities are expressed through van Goghs technique His Self-Portrait with
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