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Theo: The Other Van Gogh Hardcover – May 1, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly

In this readable and engaging biography, authors Ozanne and De Jode examine the complicated, passionate relationship between the Van Gogh brothers and pose the question: could Vincent have become the Van Gogh without his brother’s financial aid and emotional support? The book follows the lesser-known Theo from his sheltered, bucolic childhood to his immense but wearying success as an art dealer in bohemian Paris, where he befriended and patronized such avant-garde legends as Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin. Until his death at the age of 33, only six months after his brother’s tragic suicide, he remained Vincent’s chief financier, closest confidante and staunchest ally. Without losing their focus on Theo, the authors provide an intimate look into this unique fraternal bond and offer remarkable insight into Vincent’s troubled life. Readers may resent the authors’ excessive summaries of correspondence between the brothers and wish for more of the real thing. However, the book effectively captures the affections, jealousies and conflicts of this remarkable pair, and is an intriguing read for any Van Gogh aficionado.
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Vincent Van Gogh's severe depression is well documented, but scant attention has been paid to the suffering of his younger brother, Theo. Remembered, and rightly so, as his brother's keeper, Theo is a worthy subject in his own right, and Ozanne and de Jode evoke his remarkably generous and self-effacing spirit in a rapidly consumed yet lingeringly powerful portrait. The brothers forged an "extraordinary friendship" within a pious and poor family. Both worked in art galleries, a calling Theo excelled at, while Vincent left to follow a more spiritual path, one that led to painting. Theo took his responsibilities as a provider seriously, and in spite of deep frustration and high anxiety on the job, so sensitively conveyed by the authors, maintained his precarious position with a prestigious gallery and loyally supported his unstable, increasingly irrational, yet gifted brother. Tragically, syphilis killed this champion of the avant-garde at 33, just six months after Vincent's suicide, leaving it to Theo's wife, Johanna, to ensure that Vincent's magnificent paintings received the lasting recognition they deserved. Donna Seaman
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vendome Press; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865652368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865652361
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,968,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One cannot know Vincent van Gogh without knowing his beloved younger brother Theo. Of course, the many books on the subject of Vincent out there make this obvious and provide plenty of glimpses of Theo, but it has taken until now for us to have the benefit of a 'deep dive' into the man and his life. The result is a moving and fascinating tale of a life that would have been worthy of documentation even without the famous brother--no library of a fan/student of Impressionism and Early Modern art can be considered complete without 'Theo: The Other Van Gogh' in it.
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