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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2014
I am a Van Gogh fan and love a lot of his quotes and the interactions with his brother Theo. I was hoping to get that with this book. However, the excerpts chosen from these letters dealt more with his references to colors and the scenes he was painting (which is great for some) but I wanted more of the human stories.

I did like that this book had photos of the letters and then the text printed in English, it just wasn't the portions of the letters I wanted. i could not find any of my favorite Van Gogh quotes in these excerpts so that was a disappointment. Here are some of the quotes I missed, I wanted to see the context in which they were written:
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
Conscience is a man’s compass.
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things put together.
I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.
Admire as much as you can. Most people do not admire enough.
A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke.
If you hear a voice within you saying, you are not a painter, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
I have put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
Only when I fail do I get up again.
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Art is to console those who are broken by life.
I wish they would only take me as I am.
Success sometimes is a whole string of failures.
The way to know life is to love many things.
Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.
I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
I try more and more to be myself, caring relatively little whether people approve or disapprove.
It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one's youth.
What is done in love, is done well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2011
The book is awesome, informative and touching. If you love Van Gogh now, just wait until you've read his letters. There is no way you can know him, his heart and his soul for the art, without having read his letters.
The book is presented well and has a fine quality about it. I think all Van Gogh fans need to have this book in their collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2013
Since I learned who he was, Vincent Van Gogh has been one of my favorite artists. Van Gogh's Letters by H. Anna Suh has taught me much more about him. This book provides English translations of all the letters Van Gogh wrote to his younger brother Theo, who supported and encouraged the artist throughout his difficult and troubled life as a painter. Though he was never financially successful in his tireless efforts to break new ground in his work, he never lost his passion for painting or for people, especially poor working people. Through his letters, the reader shares his passions as well as his struggles with a developing madness that eventually led him to take his own life. His wonderful and colorful paintings, however, remain. Though his contemporaries, who neither understood him or his work ever recognized his genius, successive generations did. H. Anna Suh has produced a book that allows us to see just what it took for Van Gogh to bequeath his brilliant work to the world. In addition, Ms. Suh has provided images of his paintings throughout, making it a feast not just for the mind, but for the eye as well.

Jean Barber
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2011
Very enjoyable reading and a wonderful insight to Van Gough's thoughts as he progressed through his life with painting and drawings. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2014
Van Gogh was highly articulate, spoke several languages, and was motivated to teach himself to draw and paint. The pairing of letters with specific drawings or paintings is instructive and illuminating. This is an impressive compilation from the trove of over 700 letters written to his brother, Theo, his mother, and others.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2012
This is an absolutely fabulous book. I am an artist myself, but am obsessed with Van Gogh's work in any medium. These letters give a deep insight in VG's processes and vision. It is actually a fine reference book one will go back to time and time again. My biography of VG (the new 900-page one, which is also excellent) is on my library shelves. The VG Letters book is on the table near my easel. A MUST BUY.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
It doesn't say all, perhaps no book on Vincent Van Gogh can do that, but it certainly gave me insight on his process, progress and perseverance. Quite amazing to see what this remarkable human slowly achieved after his earliest drawings which, had I done them, would certainly have convinced me I had no talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2014
Great stuff. Correlates VVG's letters and his descriptions, composition and color choices, of his paintings to the images of the paintings. Handy and interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
I had never read VG's letters, so I ordered this book. Was pleasantly surprised by the high quality reproductions and beautiful book design. It's a keeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2013
Read Irving Stone's book on VanGogh which sparked interest in his work. This book is extremely detailed and helpful in understanding more about the man.
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