Van Gogh Struggle & Success

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Developed in close collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum, written by the museum's former chief curator dr. Fred Leeman, and narrated by Academy Award©-winner Dame Helen Mirren, this audio-biography provides you with a highly accessible and lively expert account of Van Gogh's life in just under two hours. The accompanying art booklets trace the development of his revolutionary work and its increasingly successful reception up to this day.
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Overview

Developed in close collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum, written by the museum's former chief curator dr. Fred Leeman, and narrated by Academy Award©-winner Dame Helen Mirren, this audio-biography provides you with a highly accessible and lively expert account of Van Gogh's life in just under two hours. The accompanying art booklets trace the development of his revolutionary work and its increasingly successful reception up to this day.
 
Helen Mirren narrates the story of Vincent's struggle for recognition, and his existential doubts about the value of success. Vincent's quest to live an authentic, artistic, life is an endeavor that speaks to our shared human uncertainties and strengths. Here, for the first time, the artist's marketing acumen, his protracted struggle for recognition, and his ultimate refusal of that same recognition are put center-stage. The booklets allow you to reflect on Van Gogh's work while listening, and illustrate in lavish detail how his oeuvre was catapulted to ever greater fame after his tragically early death. Taken together, the audio-biography & art book lets you follow Van Gogh's challenging ascent from a late and unpromising start to the heights of his current reputation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984310500
  • Publisher: Private Sounds
  • Publication date: 3/24/2012
  • Series: Tribute International series Series
  • Pages: 44
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 4.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The artistic power behind this concept, Van Gogh by Van Eck, is Diederick van Eck, Netherlands-born producer, passionate performer, singer, and art lover. This soundtrack creates a dynamic audio experience for those who are stunned by the strong emotions conveyed through Van Gogh’s intense color and brushwork.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    Best concept album since a long time...

    Unbelievable... The people behind this album have done an excellent job. The quality is suburb, a great story and wonderful music. I have not seen a more beautiful package in a long time. Universal music, combined with the story on Van Gogh. Great singer. The ultimate gift!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    A beacon in modern music industry

    Without a doubt this is one of the best albums I have seen in recent years. The tracklist features a combination of uplifting, loungy and poppy tunes, making it ideally suited for a relaxing night on the couch. Although it serves well as background music, the lyrics and vocals demand to be listened to and give the listener an insight into the mind of Van Gogh. One quickly realizes that the story of Vincent Van Gogh entails much more than is commonly known - at least to me - and it becomes apparent that his dreams and struggles are very recognizable in our modern pop stars. The casing is a beautifully designed small booklet and superbly succeeds in convincing the listener that this album is indeed something very special. If you appreciate good, well thought music and quality you will for sure find yourself enjoying this album.

    In a whole, the combination of extraordinary quality in the booklet, music and lyrics is jaw dropping and should serve as an example to other artists. Thumbs up.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    What a gem!

    This book / music CD set takes the reader / listener on an amazing journey (as the subtitle says) into the "heart and soul" of Vincent van Gogh. The book is very elegant and stylish with top quality reproductions of Van Gogh's art and really really great, rather edgy design. In fact, the graphic designer for the book is a Grammy award winner. The music and lyrics are also by some top / famous writers / composers.

    The music is sometimes smooth, sometimes edgy, sometimes jazzy. Each song relates to a picture in the book. In fact, the songs are sung AS van Gogh, not about him. So if you love the absolutely beautiful "Vincent" by Don McLean, you should check out Van Gogh by Van Eck for a new, autobiographical perspective.

    I also loved the the many portraits of Van Gogh that are included. In fact, the book opens with an amazing and intense super close-up detail of Vincent's eyes.

    Every time you read the book with the music on, you will really go to another place and time. It's a great "3D" experience.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    A New Light on Vincent Van Gogh

    'Van Gogh by Van Eck' sets Vincent Van Gogh's art in a new light. Most songs are an instant hit as to why they chose to compose this song to this specific painting. Take the song `Show Me What's Over the Bridge' for example. Based on Van Gogh's "The Bridge in the Rain", light green and yellow hues are reflected in the interplay between the lead and background vocals and in powerful lead guitar lines; and the frisky electronica beats that we hear in the beginning of the song reflect the gentle rain descending gracefully on the scene. A cheerful, multi-layered composition, reflecting the strong and optimistic theme in the painting. Lyrics are as if Van Gogh is singing himself.

    Other songs, such as 'One of the Family', based on the 'potato eaters', require some more explanation. Although it first seemed a bit odd to have such a cozy song with a painting that at first seems so dark, so full of suffering. Luckily, however, the accompanying booklet provides an explanation by dr. Fred Leeman, Emeritus curator of the Van Gogh Museum: "Vincent's relationship with his own family, especially with his father was tense, to say the least. No doubt he was craving to belong to a family. In 'The Potato Eaters' he creates a substitute family of poor farmers - who're having dinner under an oil lamp after a hard day's of work - that embodies his longing." And so 'Van Gogh' (Van Eck) sings:
    "Someday I'll paint the shapes and colors of this sight, but I'm one of them tonight..."

    The above example also shows why the booklet is such a necessary feature of the CD. Some songs, all based on Van Gogh's letters and produced in cooperation with Van Gogh experts, require just some more background information to understand Van Gogh. Lets face it, most of didn't devote our lives to study the remarkable life of this art-icon, but we can, however, enjoy the intellectual fruits of these experts.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

    Brilliant

    Diederick van Eck has portrait van Gogh with true musical inspirantion. His has passion for art is portrait in this music!!

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    Posted January 17, 2010

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