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Van Gogh Exhibit Blames Society, Not Artist, for His Madness

  • Aired: 1/11/2014
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Vincent Van Gogh took his own life in 1890. But it was society that drove him to it. That's the perspective of a new exhibition of 55 of the Dutch painter's works at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, France. Looking at those famous bold and intense brushstrokes one can feel Van Gogh's anguish. The exhibit, 'The Man Driven to Suicide by Society' is based on French playwright and theater director Antonin Artaud's view that external pressures pushed the Dutch artist to suicide.

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