Arguably no other artist has captured people

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Arguably no other artist has captured people's imaginations like Vincent van Gogh. His  life and work continue to fascinate, as the overwhelming success of his recent (1999)  touring exhibition of portraits testifies. Few other modern artists before Andy Warhol  (with the possible exceptions of Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp) have created a  body of work that is so inseparable from the facts and myths of the artist's life and  persona. Van Gogh's unbridled passion and ecstatic contemplation of life, nature, and  art, his intense spirituality and religious zeal, his generous, ardent, and sincere  disposition, and especially, his violent and enigmatic illnesses and suicide at age thirty- seven have all contributed to powerful and often inaccurate myths that can obscure a  clear understanding of the important painter.
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