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The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

Ronald De Leeuw, Editor

Vincent van Gogh

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A new selection of post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gough's letters, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh put a human face on one of the most haunting figures in modern Western culture. In this Penguin Classics edition, the letters are selected and edited by Ronald de Leeuw, and translated by Arnold Pomerans in Penguin Classics.

Few artists' letters are as self-revelatory as Vincent van Gogh's, and this selection, spanning 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 attacks of mental illness and his relation with his brother Theo, the letters contradict the popular myth of van Gogh as an anti-social madman and a martyr to art, showing instead a man 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 also includes the drawings that originally illustrated the letters.

Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) was born in Holland. In 1885 he painted his first masterpiece, The Potato Eaters, a haunting scene of domestic poverty. A year later he began studying in Paris, where he met Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Seurat, who became very important influences on his work. In 1888 he left Paris for the Provencal landscape at Arles, the subject of many of his best works, including Sunflowers.

If you enjoyed The Letters of Vincent van Gogh, you might also like 100 Artists Manifestos, available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'If there was ever 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 new edition dispels it'
The Times

Produktdetails

Einband Taschenbuch
Herausgeber Ronald de Leeuw
Seitenzahl 560
Erscheinungsdatum 31.07.1997
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-044674-6
Verlag Penguin Books UK
Maße (L/B/H) 19,9/12,8/2,4 cm
Gewicht 380 g
Übersetzer Arnold J. Pomerans
Verkaufsrang 6870

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  • The Letters of Vincent van GoghAbout This Edition
    Translator's Note
    Introduction
    Biographical Outline
    Early Letters
    Ramsgate and Isleworth
    Dordrecht
    Amsterdam
    The Borinage
    Etten
    The Hague
    The Hague, Drenthe and Nuenen
    From Nuenen to Antwerp
    Paris
    Arles
    Saint-Rémy
    Auvers-sur-Oise
    Bibliography
    Index