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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.