Friday, April 21, 2017

Vincent and Theo

I'm reading the book Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman.

Self Portrait
Vincent Van Gogh
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The author writes this book in a very interesting way; dividing the story up into short vignettes, and writing in an almost poetic style.

This book presents a Vincent who is given repeated opportunities to succeed by his extended family, but seems too immature to stick to anything. Of course we now know that he was most probably suffered from Schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and had his personal demons to contend with.

The author describes Vincent's younger brother, Theo, as his "champion, sympathizer, confidant, and friend". 

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