“This is where I come from, this is where I am now, and here is my universe’ ~ Tralbaut (2)
The Colourful Life and Death of Mr Van Gogh.
USING ARTWORK TO UNDERSTAND EPILEPSY
An analysis of van Gogh’s epilepsy and emotionality must not obscure the fact that this great artist also had great strengths (4).
TEMPORAL LOBE EPILEPSY
Neurologist, Dr David Bear had seen Van Gogh’s art as ‘Reflecting philosophical and spiritual questing’
Van Gogh was born with a brain lesion’ and had a genetic predisposition to epilepsy and suffered from seizures which doctors, including Dr. Felix Rey and Dr. Peyron, believed to be caused by temporal lobe epilepsy.
‘In general, people with epileptic activity in the left hemisphere write and people with right brain epileptic activity engage in the visual arts, such as drawing, painting and sculpture’ ~Edith Kaplan (1924-2009), known as the “Mother of Neuropsychology”
~Seized ~ Eve LaPlante
There has been fair agreement among experts about the personality traits observable among patients with epilepsy (19, 20, 30–33). Vincent’s viscosity was manifest by his intense clinging to people he loved, his persevering on details, and a tendency to debate endlessly and to write excessively.
Hypergraphia is a condition causing one to need to write continuously; and is commonly linked to epilepsy. Some believe that the massive collection of over 800 letters Van Gogh wrote during his lifetime could be attributed to this condition.
‘I have nature art and and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?’ ~ Vincent van Gogh
‘Just as we take the train to go to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to go to a star’ ~
Vincent van Gogh
‘He is his art. His art is him. And it is pure and stunning. Vincent was one of history's best among greats because his art came from his soul. He painted with passion, and instinct and a place all of his own. He learned art from life’ ~ Cindy Kaplan ~ Art curator.
Image: Vincent van Gogh ~ Artist unknown.
Believe it or not, in the 21st century, ancient myths about people with epilepsy are still believed.
STOP THE STIGMA
November is epilepsy awareness month.