Van Gogh Paintings: The Masterpieces

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This superb book offers the reader a selection of Van Gogh's most unforgettable canvases as well as some lesser-known examples, many drawn from the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Nearly one hundred and twenty years after his death, Vincent Van Gogh continues to exert a powerful fascination. This superb book offers the reader a selection of the artist’s most unforgettable canvases as well as some lesser-known examples, many drawn from the collection of the Van ...
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Overview

This superb book offers the reader a selection of Van Gogh's most unforgettable canvases as well as some lesser-known examples, many drawn from the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Nearly one hundred and twenty years after his death, Vincent Van Gogh continues to exert a powerful fascination. This superb book offers the reader a selection of the artist’s most unforgettable canvases as well as some lesser-known examples, many drawn from the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It explores the works in the context of Van Gogh’s short but brilliant career, in which frequent spells of isolation still allowed lively engagement with his peers and the ideas of his time.Van Gogh’s continuous stream of letters written to family and friends – one of the most important archival resources of 19th-century art – provides the narrative thread around which this study develops. Belinda Thomson considers Van Gogh as a cosmopolitan figure who combined in his art experiences and traditions absorbed in his native Holland and in Victorian England, and then succeeded in assimilating and making his mark upon the practice of painting in France at one of its richest periods.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Complete with Vincent van Gogh's (1853-90) illustrious yellow chair; telling, blue-hued self-portraits; and many dreamy skies, this is both a feast for the eyes and a succinct introductory text to the paintings and life of the internationally celebrated Dutch postimpressionist artist. Erudite author Thomson (Impressionism: Origins, Practice, Reception) has published prolifically on impressionism and postimpressionist artists like Paul Gauguin and Édouard Vuillard. Yet she does not take the reader deep into art historical analysis in this picture-heavy (170 color illustrations) text; instead, her economical and straightforward language encourages readers to focus on the paintings, many drawn from the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The book's one drawback is that it competes with scores of otherwell-written and beautifully illustrated works about van Gogh and his paintings. Therefore, it is recommended only to libraries with art history collections that lack those kinds of books.
—Jennifer Polluck

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500238387
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/15/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 486,880
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Belinda Thomson has published extensively within the fields of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. She has made a particular study of Paul Gauguin, with whom Van Gogh famously enjoyed a sustained artistic dialogue. Thames & Hudson has published two of her books, Gauguin and Impressionism: Origins, Practice, Reception, both in the World of Art Series.
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Table of Contents

1853-1885: The Low Countries: Dutch roots and intellectual formation 13

1885-1888: Antwerp and Paris: Confronting the avant garde 41

1888: Aries: Finding the South 83

1889-1890: Aries, Saint-Remy and Auvers-sur-Oise: Art as consolation 137

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