International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
DOI: 10.56734/ijahss
The Art of Madness: Cosmic Chaos in the Works of Vincent van Gogh and Robert E. Howard



The painter Vincent van Gogh and the writer Robert E. Howard worked in different genres, but both produced rather bizarre works which have distinct similarities. In both, their work reveals the artist’s belief that humanity exists among an overwhelming cosmic chaos which bids to engulf humanity. This cosmic animosity exists primarily in planes of existence other than the earth, but the forces of chaos and evil are hostile to humanity and are intent on engulfing the earth and destroying a humanity which is effectively helpless in the face of the onslaught. Both van Gogh and Howard died by suicide reflecting their unwillingness to live among the chaos