The Letters Of Vincent Van Gogh
ISBN: 0684843005
EAN13: 9780684843001
Language: English
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 1.07" H x 7.31" L x 4.39" W
Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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If ever there was any doubt that Van Gogh's letters belong beside those great classics of artistic self-revelation, Cellini's autobiography and Delacroix's journal, this excellent edition dispels it.
--The Times (London)

Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.

Few artists' letters are as self-revelatory as Vincent Van Gogh's, and the selection included here, spanning the whole of his artistic career, sheds light on every facet of the life and work of this complex and tortured man. Engaging candidly and movingly with his religious struggles, his ill-fated search for love, his intense relationship with his brother Theo and his attacks of mental illness, the letters contradict the popular image of Van Gogh as an anti-social madman and a martyr to art, showing instead that he was capable of great emotional and spiritual depths. Above all, they stand as an intense personal narrative of artistic development and a unique account of the process of creation.
The letters are linked by explanatory biographical passages, revealing Van Gogh's inner journey as well as the outer facts of his life. This edition includes the drawings that originally illustrated the letters.

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   Powerful and Poignant
I have never been drawn to van Gogh's paintings, but I am very drawn to van Gogh. The bits of information that I had picked up over the years about this man engendered a kind of affinity that has grown with time. I approached his letters with a kind of reverence due to their intimate nature. They give a glimpse of a deeply spiritual soul, a man of tremendous passion and yearning who saw things with such eloquent clarity. A contemplative man, given to bouts of fanaticism due to the depth of his nature. Very powerful and poignant. I often paused to close my head and feel his words as I absorbed them in my veins and reflected through my soul. He lived on a much deeper level than most.
   Joyce, Rilke, Van Gogh for all young artists
Van Gogh felt the spirit, whatever one takes it to mean, and tried to become a preacher like his father. He wanted to preach and reach people, put aside the bookand, and more importantly, spoke and preached beauty and seeing things through his self-taught paintings that have spoken to millions.
   Letters of Voincent Van Gogh
I was interested in reading the letters of the artist Kirk Douglas to his brother, Theo, from watching Vincent Van Gogh's excellent film Lust for Life recently. I tried reading the letters without any significant editing or illuminating footnotes and found them fascinating, but frustrating due to the lack of help in dating or reference to the people and places mentioned in them. This edition provides some of this. I wished there were more illustrations of the specific pieces, however, especially the drawings Van Gogh refers to as he is working on them.
This is probably the most wonderful book I have ever read in my whole life. Before I bought this book, I couldn 't believe how Van Gogh's life was so closely connected to his brother Theo and after reading this book, I realized how important it could be to have your life, supported as an artist or any other thing that requires strong support and stubborness to be archived. This told the book, Van Gogh's letter to Theo, revealing the whole process of Van Gogh's artistic development from the early years, when he spent his lonely life, to his relationship with Youn, to the days of great hope, to the total ruin in Arles and Sain Remi' in southern France. All those letters end with a greeting from Van Gogh, which I view unique and that I want to borrow my own with a handshake from your faithful Luca.
   van Gogh: A Writer and Painter
To read Van Gogh's letters is to come as close to sitting as a world class artist as possible. I dare say that he wrote almost as good as he painted - his passion jumps off the page almost immediately. In addition, we are treated in his extraordinary life to an excellent selection of Van Gogh's letters from each seminal period. In between the sections, the editor provides us with fascinating details about Van Gogh's personal life. This collection is essential reading for all artists, along with Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet.
   Intimate Peak Into the Life of Van Gogh
Reading this helped me paint a better picture of the man in my mind, that he really was.
   Van Gogh
I recommend that if you are not very familiar with Van Gogh's work history, you read a general information book about him alongside this book. A great read!
   Not good
The translation is not good -- No artwork demonstration to letters. After buying this book, I got to know that their translations are really good and they have notes and artworks mentioned in van Gogh's letters. Reading the site on my Nook or on my iPhone is fun and healthy.
   Excellent portrayal of Vincent van Gogh as an author.
The letters of Vincent van Gogh introduce us to Vincent van Gogh, the man, how he thought and especially how he lived with the challenges presented by life. Through reading his many letters, we are offered an intimate look into his life and how he came to create the tremendous amount of art that we can now enjoy. The authors are to be commended for bringing this treasure to us.
   Somewhat Tedious But Worth the Effort
Some books easily catch you attention and keep it all the way through. Others demand plowing and this calls for the latter. This book, however, does it for you if you want to see past the cliché-ridden view of Van Gogh and get the man with all his complexities. He was curious, insecure, needy, and gifted, bright, articulate, loving, compassionate, bright, and talented. He had father issues, mental issues, women's issues and religious health issues. He was disorganized, sensitive, driven, over-reactive, sometimes gross, often unsanitary and I am sure that what was inside his skin must have been hell at times. As I wrote above, you have to plow, but you get to know the man.