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

August 12, 2016 by R A Z G O

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.


 

GAIL SALTZ

Dr. Gail Saltz is a bestselling author of numerous books and the go-to expert on a variety of important psychological issues. She is Chair of the 92nd Street Y “7 Days of Genius Advisory Committee” and Consultant and Event Moderator for the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative. Dr. Saltz is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NY Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of medicine, a psychoanalyst with the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and has a private practice in Manhattan.