The Passion of Vincent Van Gogh: How Mental Illness Transformed His Work

Psychiatrist and Professor
Over a year ago
Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz discusses the artistic qualities that make Vincent van Gogh legendary, and how his unusual personality, affected by a certain mental disorder, affected his work. We know, for example, that Van Gogh was both highly disagreeable and "sticky," meaning he had a deep need for friendship despite his quarrelsome nature. His relationships with his brother and fellow painter Paul Gauguin, not to mention his various liaisons with women he wasn't suited for, take us a stop closer to understanding how Van Gogh's mental state affected his artistic output.