Born from a strict, Calvinist family came an artist who would live on in infamy.. Vincent Van Gogh was an easily moved individual, who was quick in temperament and hostility. Many historians speculate that Van Gogh suffered from mania, lunacy, to sever psychosis. It is possible that Van Gogh could have also suffered from xanthopsia (an abnormal yellow vision), hence his preference to and obsession with yellow. On many occasions, he had threatened suicide, and had become obsessed with the idea of it. Many of his famous paintings include cypresses (a symbol of death), and swirls (symbolic for suicidal tendencies), for example “Starry Night”. He had often claimed that he was not meant for this life, and many believe that he had premeditated his own death. Most of his best known works were produced in his final two years of life, during which he suffered from severe depression and mental illness. Van Gogh’s depression deepened and on the 27th of July 1890, at the very young age of 37, he walked into the fields and shot himself in the chest with a revolver. He did not realize that his wound was fatal, and returned to the Ravoux Inn, where he died in his bed two days later..
His last words were reported as “La tristesse durera toujours.” (The sadness will last forever.)