By John Ostapkovich
Philadelphia (CBS) – A new biography tackles one of the world’s most-revered and least-understood painters, Van Gogh.READ MORE: Trial Starts Monday For Gilbert Newton III, Philadelphia Teen Accused Of Killing Ex-Girlfriend Morgan McCaffrey
The book, Van Gogh: The Life is by the duo that also wrote a definitive bio of Jackson Pollock. In Van Gogh, co-author Steven Naifeh, says they found the three keys to something worth researching for 10 years: an important artist with a well-documented and interesting life.READ MORE: Philadelphia Seniors Treated To Night Out, Musical At Walnut Street Theatre
“There’s nothing that suggests that great art has to come from nice, easy people. In this case, we all know from the fact that he cut off his ear that this was not a normal person. He was also self-committed to an insane asylum so it’s hardly a revelation that Van Gogh was mentally ill.”MORE NEWS: Police Searching For Gunmen After Shots Fired Near Chester High School Football Game
The book tracks a turbulent life, with much friction with family, until near its end Van Gogh’s work impressed a writer whose gushing coverage propelled his genius into fame and fortune, not long before his slipped into that starry night forever.