For the first time, all of Van Gogh's 902 letters (to and from) have been translated into English and available at your fingertips for free at www.vangoghletters.org.
In between your food coma this Thanksgiving, give it a read.
You will learn that Van Gogh was a spiritual and highly introspective artist. He knew he was fated for madness and he accepted it. His madness was part of his craft. He frequented brothels in Arles, France, more than a few times a week.
In his later years Van Gogh slipped into a deep depression and was self-admitted into a mental hospital. His last letter was found in his pocket, written to his brother, on the day he shot himself in July 27, 1890. He died two days later.