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John Chuckman

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.

The name of Damien Hirst, one of the great, successful con-artists of our time, really should not be mentioned in the same breath or article.

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