Van Gogh's Expressionist legacy.

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April 4 2007 7:20 AM

The Dark Side of Van Gogh

How the Expressionists misunderstood their hero.

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Click here to read a slide-show essay about how the Expressionist painters re-imagined Van Gogh's life and art.

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Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.

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