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Van Gogh: The Life

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    I give Van Gogh:The Life - Two Paintbrushes Up!

    At first the book started out a little dry and then suddenly became a page turner. I've been an admirer and inspired by van Gogh's work since I was six years old. Now I know, more than ever before, why van Gogh painted with such emotion and expression. We all know that van Gogh was a tortured soul but man the stuff he had to endure! Brutal.

    I loved reading the retelling of van Gogh's palette and methods for each of his paintings and of the places of which he painted. "Just the facts m'am" ---- "Van Gogh: The Life" clearly chronicles van Gogh's life from birth to end - backed by Solid Sources, Notes Appendix; Bibliography;Index; Gorgeous color plates and photos...my kind of book from cover to cover. Finally, posthumous biography I can believe. I have "Van Gogh's Letters" edited by Anne Suh and his last letter was not a suicide note. I'm so glad Naifeh and Smith followed through with their book.

    Thank you Mr. Naifeh and Mr. Smith for your extensive research and for "colorfully" and conclusively proving to me what I have felt all along - van Gogh DID NOT end his life. Vincent van Gogh's "Cold Case" is officially closed in my book by reading THIS BOOK.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    Highly recommended

    A facinating look at the life of Van Gogh. Well written, interesting and deeply sad, The Life is a must read for anyone even vaguely interested in Van Gogh or the Impressionist movement. A must read.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    The book is well written--a page turner. It is not only comprehensive, it is written with sensitivity. It reveals Vincent Van Gogh, the man, not merely the artist. It draws the reader into his inner psyche, his deep Christian roots, how he was in search of the "it" (the divine spark, the soul) within the subject of each of his paintings. I was surprised at what I learned -- in every chapter, and sometimes on every page. I cannot recommend this book enough.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    I'm speechless... This book is just amazing. I bought it out of

    I'm speechless... This book is just amazing. I bought it out of curiosity of the man. And I finished it with a love for the man. The photos are just beyond beautiful, the information about this amazing beautiful man is so intriguing. I learned alot and I appreciate all his art so much more now knowing the truth of this man. He might of been considered insane, but he was a genius, a truly talented beautiful man who was never given the chance to shine. I am so glad I bought this book. You will be obsessive when it comes to reading this. I stayed up late reading this book because I just couldn't put it down. The length of the book is no issue when you first start reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Excellent reference book

    A very thorough reference book. It is chock full of information. A great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Van Gogh on Display

    Like the authors' biography of Jackson Pollack, this book is a thorough examination of the events in the subject's life. But also like the book on Pollack, this story of Van Gogh leaves out the aesthetic cause of the subject's art form. Great biographies on any artists should be repleat with the explanations of what make their art great and the resonance that their ideas carry through the world. Even still, this book is hard to put down, and the conclusions about the artist's death bring down the traditional "suicide of the tortured artist" myth around Van Gogh. The image of Van Gogh as a man who suffered for his art remains, and is presented in all of it's tragic detail.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    &infinity

    Gig

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Vincent van goph the life

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Who is that!!!!!

    Who is that arist is that one who cut his ear off for a girl

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    Van Gogh THE LIFE

    My son is a 29 year old artist. I purchased this book as a Christmas gift for him. He couldn't stop reading it and commented that "it's awesome". I'm so pleased with his response and that B&N had exactly what my son mentioned that he wanted.

    Thanks B&N!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Fantastic

    A wonderful look at a beautiful, astonishingly sad artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Highly recommended.

    An amazing and well-documented account of the tormented life of an artistic genius. It was difficult to put down.

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