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Why did Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear, what illness was he suffering and why did he commit suicide? On the Verge of Insanity shows how the artist struggled with his mental health, and how painting served as his only lifeline. In addition to Van Gogh’s own experiences, as recounted in his letters, the book features the testimonies of relatives, friends and doctors, and official documents such as medical reports and a petition organized by worried local residents. The book presents a compelling portrait of an extraordinary man and his grave struggle with mental illness. The authors of On the Verge of Insanity, experts from the Van Gogh Museum, draw on the latest scholarly research to offer a detailed account of the final eighteen months of Van Gogh's life.

The 'On the Verge of Insanity. Van Gogh and his Illness' exhibition runs through to 25 September 2016 at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Tickets are priced at 17 euros, children are free entry. For additional information, click here.

The 175 page richly illustrated hard cover publication which accompanies the exhibition is priced at 25 euros, with purchase supporting the work of the Van Gogh Museum. The book can be purchased here.

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