Vincent van Gogh
Dutch Painter
(1853 - 1890)

Self-portrait with a straw hat

Vincent van Gogh

German Epilepsy Museum Kork

There is every reason to believe that van Gogh suffered from a focal epilepsy accompanied by simple focal and complex focal seizures.

Even if all van Gogh's unexplainable and "strange&quoat; behaviour cannot be interpreted as symptoms of epilepsy (as has often been rashly attempted in many works about the painter's illness and in descriptions of his short, and apparently hectic life), there can be no doubt that van Gogh suffered epileptic seizures at irregular intervals in the last two years of his life.