The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
by Vincent Van Gogh, Ronald de Leeuw, Arnold J. Pomerans
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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A new selection of post-impressionist, painter Vincent Van Gogh, letters, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh put a human face on one of the most enchanting figures of modern Western cultureIn this Penguin Classics edition, the letters are selected and edited by Ronald de Leeuw, and translated by Arnold Pomerans in Penguin Classics.Some of the artists the letters are like Vincent van Gogh’s self-revelation, and this selection, covering his artistic career, sheds light on all facets of life and the work of this complex and tortured man.To engage sincerely and emotionally with his religious struggles, his unfortunate search for love, his attacks of mental illness and his relationship with his brother Theo, letters to contradict the popular myth of van Gogh as an antisocial madman and a martyr of art, showing in the place of a man of great emotional and spiritual depths.Above all, they present themselves as an intense personal narrative of artistic development and a unique account of the creative process.The letters are bound by explanatory biographical passages, revealing van Gogh’s inner journey as well as the external facts of his life.This edition also includes drawings that originally illustrated the lettersVincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) was born in Holland.In 1885, he painted his first masterpiece, The Potato Eaters, a haunt of the family poverty scene.A year later he began his studies in Paris, where he met Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Seurat, who became very important influence on his work.In 1888, he left Paris for the landscapes of Provence in Arles, the subject of several of his best works, including the Sunflowers.If you liked Vincent van Gogh’s Letters, you can also order 100 Manifesto Artists, available in Penguin Modern Classics.If there was ever any doubt that Van Gogh’s letters belong alongside these great classics of artistic self-revelation, Cellini, autobiography and Delacroix’s diary, this excellent new edition dissipates, it is Time to
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