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Unformatted text preview: These months allowed Vincent to paint at a near frenzied pace, until he felt "broke and crazy" (L 513, July 1888). The Arles months were the most prolific and successful period of his career. However, the stress and sheer physical and mental exertion of this obsessive output was too much for his encroaching illnesses, and his condition gradually worsened reciprocally as his painting became increasingly facile, formally daring, and accomplished. He voiced sentiments of regret at the physical and mental disintegration that he believed were the fault of his obsessive creativity: "The more I am spent, ill, a broken pitcher, by so much more I am an artist... a kind of melancholy remains within us when we think that one could have created life at less cost than creating art" (L 514, July 1888)....
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course ART 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
- Fall '11