Van Gogh and God: A Creative Spiritual Quest

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Art was Vincent Van Gogh's road to personal salvation, a direction he took only after abandoning his career as lay Methodist minister in England and evangelist preacher in the Belgian mines, maintains the author. In this specialized, philosophically arguable, illustrated study, Edwards ( Christian Being and Doing ) broadly interpets Van Gogh's paintings as a moral-religious drama, claiming the tormented artist found a gateway to spiritual unity with God through solitude in nature. He further argues that Van Gogh's conversion experience in his early 20s was not the result of obsession or of a thwarted love affair, as many scholars believe, but of a deep-seated hunger for ultimate answers. Examining the painter's fascination with Japanese ukiyo-e (``floating world'') prints, which Van Gogh passionately collected, the author links his awareness of life as constant flux to the outlook of Zen Buddhism. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829406214
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: Campion Book Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 725,556
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Cliff Edwards

Cliff Edwards is Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of several books, including Van Gogh and God: A Creative Spiritual Quest and The Shoes of Van Gogh: A Spiritual and Artistic Journey to the Ordinary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2001


    I was Lucky enough to hear the author, Henry Nueman, speak at my college last year and must say it was the most interesting lecture I have ever heard. I immediately bought two copies of Van Gogh and God afterwards. Every page is rich with fascinating new perspectives on Van Gogh's life. It is a theology and art history lesson all in one and combined perfectly at that. For nonfiction, this book is very captivating and reads quickly. Anyone interested in Van Gogh and/or religion should definately read this book. It documents one very important spiritual quest, previously ignored by both art historians and theologians.

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