by de Leeuw, Ronald (Selected and Edited By); Pomerans, Arnold (Translator)
xxxi, 528 pp. "The painter, Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) was also an accomplished writer, and this collection of his letters provides both a self-portrait and a picture of the contemporary cultural scene. The book includes complete letters wherever possible, linked with passages of connecting narrative and showing all the pen-and-ink sketches that originally went with them. The familiar image of Van Gogh as an anti-social madman is questioned in this book as the letters show the humanitarian and religious causes he embraced, his fascination with the French revolution, his striving for God and for ethical ideals, his desperate courtship of his cousin and his unsuccessful search for love. Not only does this serve to demolish some of the myths about Van Gogh but it shows him as a human being, not just an artist. The letters also reveal Van Gogh's conflicts as a painter, torn between realism, symbolism and abstraction. He received little feedback from the public and wrote at length to his family and friends and above all, to his brother Theo, who was his confidant."Keywords: VINCENT VAN GOGH BIOGRAPHY ART PAINTINGS FINE ART ARTIST Second printing. Ink name on front endpaper. New York: Allen Lane / The Penguin Press, 1996. 3rd Printing. Near Fine/Near Fine. (Inventory #: 2195043)
Literature, American & Military History, General Antiquarian
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