COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JONATHAN JONES IN THE GUARDIAN
Van Gogh was at one and the same time:
One of the century's most gifted, original, and memorable artists - one whose best work is simply so deeply engraved into our memories that it forever changes our perceptions of the world;
A man whose writing was passionate and captivating and may still be read with intellectual and spiritual profit;
A somewhat pathetic person who could not earn his way in the world and depended upon his brother;
And a man who suffered from a terrible psychosis such as manic-depression or schizophrenia, a fact which, when combined with his immense talent, should always serve to remind us not to be arrogant or contemptuous towards those with such afflictions.