The Mystery, Science and Art of Van Gogh

Assembled with Deepest Respect

As a health care provider with attention to vision, I have always been fascinated by the techniques and choices of artists. I am a fan of many different art forms but the complexity of van Gogh has been a topic through the ages. I have herein taken a look at some of the theories regarding the basis of his creativity as well as offering another potential explanation based on color vision theory.


Tuesday, 04 March 2014 Written by Larry J Alexander OD FAAO Posted in Philosophy/Editorials

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About the Author(s)

Larry J Alexander OD FAAO

Larry J Alexander OD FAAO

Dr. Alexander (1948-2016) was a 1971 graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry. He served in the US Navy then served as a Professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry. Larry contributed to a number of chapters in textbooks and has published three editions of Primary Care of the Posterior Segment, as well as contributed to the professional literature. He also lectured extensively in the area of ocular and systemic disease. His areas of special interest included dysfunctional tear syndrome, glaucoma and macular degeneration.  His lessons are the basis for this site and he will be dearly missed. 

Comments (2)

  • Todd Zarwell

    07 April 2014 at 14:30 | #

    Larry, this looks fantastic. I took a lot of studio art and art history in college and I've always had a fascination with impressionist and post-impressionist painters, especially Van Gogh. I look forward to really sitting down and digesting this.
    Oh, and I know he was murdered: I just finished reading "Sacre Bleu". It's a fun bit of historical fiction if you're into the post-impressionists. : )


  • Keshav Bhat

    01 August 2014 at 15:26 | #

    What a fantastic read! I can't imagine how many hours you have put into this work! Thank you, Larry.


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