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October 25, 1971

Vincent Van Gogh And Glaucoma

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Los Angeles

JAMA. 1971;218(4):595. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190170073023

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To the Editor.—  An article in the Los Angeles Times referred to the suggestion made by Maire of the possibility that Van Gogh had glaucoma (217:938, 1971). His paintings were used as clues; for example, one pupil was painted larger than the other.If you have the open-mindedness to listen to a nonlettered artist, there is much I can say on the subject of how the artist creates, but here will be only an abstract of my abstract art.The one who is an artist in the true sense of the word makes one eye larger, one higher, and, what is less apparent, one advancing and one receding. Another way to say it is that they are not exactly symmetrical, but this applies to all the planes on the canvas of the modern master, not just the eyes. Further, we can say that the two eyes would have a

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