In Paris, Vincent's psychiatric health began its decline, and the dark side of his complicated condition (probably a combination of mild epilepsy and schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, compounded with syphilis, glaucoma, Digitalis poisoning from paint, and a weakness for absinthe and alcohol) started to reveal itself in violent mood swings, depression, and drunken and erratic behavior. Vincent became involved with the female owner of the local Cafe du Tambourin, where he exhibited work with rising post-Impressionist stars like Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Bernard–he was even able to organize his own exhibition of Japanese prints at the cafe in March of 1887. That spring, Vincent began spending a lot of time painting and talking with his new artist friends, especially the neo-Impressionist Paul Signac and Bernard, and his affair with the cafe proprietress ended after about five months. By the beginning of 1888, Vincent
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