The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
'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
A 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. The letters are selected and edited by Ronald de Leeuw, and translated by Arnold Pomerans. 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.
- Author: Ronald de Leeuw, Director of Van Gogh Museum
- Paperback: 560 pages
- Date published: July 1997
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0140446746
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.0 cm