This thorough collection of van Gogh's letters has been assembled with an artful eye and sensitivity to the artist's thinking. The result is an atypical take on Vincent van Gogh that avoids putting too much stress on his troubled mental state and too much straining by the editor to shape a narrative out of van Gogh's epistolary clues. Instead, we see the thoughtful and contemplative side of this creative genius, as well as his concern for the impact his art and life had on those people closest to him. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Van Gogh was 37 and on the edge of fame when, in 1890, he shot and killed himself. Unable to sell his brilliant canvases, he was utterly dependent upon his younger brother, Theo, to whom most of the letters collected here are written. Anguished by loss of faith after planning to be a priest, disappointed in several once-promising love affairs, he was also so tormented by poverty that one of his artistic breakthroughs occurred when, without proper colors, he brushed in "a garden, green by nature, but painted without actual green, nothing but Prussian blue and chrome yellow." Whether van Gogh's suicide was the inevitable culmination of depression, or due to epilepsy or to professional frustration (he is remembered, beyond his pictures, for razoring off part of his ear), his letters reveal that the end was long contemplated. In 1878, he had written to Theo, "It must be good to die in the knowledge that one has done some truthful work." By the time he put a hole in his chest, he knew he had done that. The letters, edited by de Leeuw, the director of the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, echo the artist's passionate voice, and the connective narrative excerpts other letters that readers may regret not having in full. Integral to the letters are 49 pen-and-ink sketches that evidence van Gogh's development into a creative force. Although each letter possesses an inherent pathos because one knows what lies ahead, van Gogh's epistolary appeal goes beyond melodrama. Often inspired by books despite being a limner of peasant life and the land, he once wrote, "How beautiful Shakespeare is, who else is as mysterious as he is; his language and method are like a brush trembling with excitement and ecstasy."
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Van Gogh's letters captivate. If you are attracted to his paintings, his writings speak eloquently to the themes and struggles that defined this artist. Read morePublished 2 months ago by William Fraker
fantastic book of the pain and tragic life of the artist. Read what he is going though and feeling at the time of the letters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daniel M. Macdonald
I was slow getting into this book, because I had so many before it to read. So, now that I have just finished reading it, while I still feel so strongly the emotions it brought... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
So many clichés and misperceptions abound about him it is revealing to meet the real personPublished 3 months ago by vivian f.
Yes, these letters are for Everyone! A page-turner, Van Gogh's thinking, the stresses of his life, his truth, are for you and me. Arrived quickly and in good condition. Thank you.Published 5 months ago by Albert V. lesley
A very easy 5 stars
... for the writings (thoughts and mind) of the amazing Vincent.