Written by Wilfred Niels Arnold Wednesday, 31 May 1989 20:00
Published in Scientific American.
Evidence of the pale-green liqueur's toxicity eventually extinguished the fin-de-siècle infatuation with absinthe. The drink's history began, however, long before the 19th century.
Vincent van Gogh shot himself on the afternoon of July 27, 1890, in Auvers-sur-Oise, France; he died in the early morning two days later. Paul F. Gachet, the doctor who attended van Gogh during the last two months of his life, planted a thuja tree on the artistâ's grave. The gesture was probably inspired by van Gogh's admiration of thuja trees and his inclusion of their flamelike images in some of his Auvers paintings.
Written by Wilfred Niels Arnold, PhD Thursday, 24 November 1988 20:00
During his last two years Vincent van Gogh experienced fits with hallucinations that have been attributed to a congenital psychosis. But the artist admitted to episodes of heavy drinking that were amply confirmed by colleagues and there is good evidence to indicate that addiction to absinthe exacerbated his illness.