National Gallery of Victoria Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition catalogue

Van Gogh and the Seasons

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'For Van Gogh aficionados, this book has plenty to offer and could even be considered one of the top must haves. For those just discovering Van Gogh, this is also suitable, providing just enough reference and background material written in an intelligent yet relatable tone' - New York Journal of Books

Accompanying the 2017 exhibition at NGV, this handsome book looks at the ways van Gogh represented the seasons and the natural world throughout his career. The changing seasons captivated Vincent van Gogh (1853-90), who saw in their unending cycle the majesty of nature and the existence of a higher force. Van Gogh and the Seasons is the first book to explore this central aspect of van Gogh's life and work. Van Gogh often linked the seasons to rural life and labour as men and women worked the land throughout the year.

From his depictions of peasants and sowers to winter gardens, riverbanks, orchards, and harvests, he painted scenes that richly evoke the sensory pleasures and deprivations particular to each season. This stunning book brings to life the locales that defined his tumultuous career, from Arles, where he experienced his most crucial period of creativity, to Auvers-sur-Oise, where he committed suicide. It looks at van Gogh's interpretation of nature, the religious implications of the seasons in his time, and how his art was perceived against the backdrop of various symbolist factions, antimaterialist debates, and esoteric beliefs in fin de siecle Paris.

The book also features revealing extracts from the artist's correspondence and artworks from his own collection that provide essential context to the themes in his work. Breathtakingly illustrated and featuring informative essays by Sjraar van Heugten, Joan Greer, and Ted Gott, Van Gogh and the Seasons shines new light on the extraordinary creative vision of one of the world's most beloved artists.

  • Author: Sjraar Van Heugten
  • Hardcover: 272 pages | 247 colour illustrations
  • Date published: February 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0691179711
  • Product Dimensions: 3226.8  cm