|Vincent Van Gogh,|
Van Gogh was a spirit starved for love. He had a love to give to God and church, to his family, to a woman, yet none seemed able to receive it. None, except for the stark whiteness of his canvases where his crazed and unrequited emotions exploded into the light in frenzied brushwork and volcanic eruptions of color. Scientists now suspect that Van Gogh was afflicted by a chemical imbalance in his brain that has since been known to trigger uncontrollable surges in creative endeavors. Similar instances have been seen among poets and other writers, as well as painters. Though rare, it is treatable today. In Van Gogh's case, it was fatal.
The French Impressionist, Camille Pissarro once said of him, "I thought when I first met Van Gogh, that he would either go mad, or surpass us all. Little did I know he would do both."