The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters

Overview


Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is one of the greatest figures in Western art. Revered for his bold, expressionist paintings, he is also admired as a prodigious and eloquent letter writer. His correspondence displays a remarkable literary gift and an ability to communicate his ideas and feelings about nature, art, and life in direct, emotive language.

Illustrated with works of art and letters that demonstrate Van Gogh’s abiding preoccupations--the role of color in painting, the ...

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Overview


Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is one of the greatest figures in Western art. Revered for his bold, expressionist paintings, he is also admired as a prodigious and eloquent letter writer. His correspondence displays a remarkable literary gift and an ability to communicate his ideas and feelings about nature, art, and life in direct, emotive language.

Illustrated with works of art and letters that demonstrate Van Gogh’s abiding preoccupations--the role of color in painting, the cycles of nature, and friendship, for example--this fascinating book explores the correspondence as a self-portrait of the artist and the man.
 
The letter-sketches that Van Gogh used to describe completed works or those in progress are reproduced here alongside the finished paintings or drawings, providing a unique insight into his artistic development. Drawing on new and extensive research, leading authorities on Van Gogh reveal how the letters enhance and shape our view of this modern master.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905711604
  • Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 898,448
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nienke Bakker, Leo Jansen, and Hans Luijten are on the staff of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. They are co-authors of Vincent Van Gogh, Painted with Words: The Letters to Emile Bernard and have recently published a new edition of Van Gogh’s complete correspondence.

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Table of Contents

President's Foreword 6

Van Gogh's Letters: Windows to a Universe Nienke Bakker Bakker, Nienke Leo Jansen Jansen, Leo Hans Luijten Luijten, Hans 14

Catalogue Teio Meedendorp Meedendorp, Teio Aukje Vergeest Vergeest, Aukje Roelie Zwikker Zwikker, Roelie Ann Dumas Dumas, Ann

1 Dutch Landscape Ann Dumas Dumas, Ann 30

2 'Wrestling with the Figures' Nienke Bakker Bakker, Nienke 62

3 Colour and Japonisme Nienke Bakker Bakker, Nienke 92

4 The Modern Portrait Ann Dumas Dumas, Ann 124

5 The Revelation of the South Leo Jansen Jansen, Leo 154

6 Cycles of Nature Nienke Bakker Bakker, Nienke 194

7 Art and Literature Ann Dumas Dumas, Ann 220

8 The Sacrifice for Art Leo Jansen Jansen, Leo 236

Chronology Sarah Lea Lea, Sarah 284

Bibliographic Sources 294

Lenders to the Exhibition 297

List of Unillustrated Works 298

Photographic Acknowledgements 298

Index 299

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