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Vincent's Colors Hardcover – September 29, 2005
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One of the most recognizable paintings is Sunflowers, "Twelve flowers that are light on light"; Irises, "a big bunch of violet irises"; The Bedroom, "two chairs the yellow of fresh butter"; and The Starry Night, "and in my head a starry night", all of them spilling from page to page, in unfolding poetry. Van Gogh's appeal is universal, the perfect artist to teach a child the language of color and creativity. By Chronicle Books, this is a beautiful addition to a child's library of beloved artists. Luan Gaines/2005.
What makes this little book wonderful is not only that it contains many of Van Gogh's famous paintings, but that each painting has a little verse to accompany it, written by the famous painter himself. Van Gogh was fond of writing letters to his younger brother, Theo, describing his paintings, and some of these words have been used to describe the paintings in this book. Some of these verses are a bit surprising because they draw the reader's attention to an object in the picture that at first glance may not appear to be the focal point of a picture. For example, in the painting "Tarascon Diligence", a horse carriage appears to jump out at the reader/ viewer, but the verse chosen to accompany the painting is "a window with a green shutter". I loved this manner of presentation as it allowed my daughter and I to look at objects other than the main feature of a painting, focusing on the little details that proved no less compelling than the main subject.
There is so much to delight in and appreciate in this little gem of a book, and will appeal to all ages.