Van Gogh
  • Van Gogh
  • Van Gogh

Van Gogh

by Ticktock
     
 

A Comprehensive, informative and highly readable introduction to the world of Van Gogh.

Part of an 10 book art history series, featuring some of the world's most well known and popular artists. Beautiful images allow the reader to see the various works that the artists created during the different stages of their lives. Engaging accounts of the people and

…  See more details below

Overview

A Comprehensive, informative and highly readable introduction to the world of Van Gogh.

Part of an 10 book art history series, featuring some of the world's most well known and popular artists. Beautiful images allow the reader to see the various works that the artists created during the different stages of their lives. Engaging accounts of the people and inspiration behind some of the world's most famous paintings.

Books in the Essential Artist series include: Cezanne, Gaugiun, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Michelangelo, Picasso,Van Gogh, Rembrandt

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
The "Essential Artist" series comprises brief volumes about Picasso, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo. The books focus on four aspects of each artist's life and work; the history and art of the time period in which they lived; the artist's life circumstances; specific examples of their work and what their influence has been over time. No artist works in a vacuum and it is fascinating to be reminded how the political history of an era affected the artists and their work. In the 1880's, European nations were colonizing the world and Paris had emerged as the capital of the Western art world. Van Gogh had tried various occupations with little success. He decided to become an artist in 1880. Moving to Paris in 1886, he came in contact with the Impressionists painters. These friendships and associations would influence his life and work. His personal life was filled with disappointment, frustration and mental illness. He possibly only sold one painting during his lifetime. His brother Theo, an art dealer, saved and promoted his work after his untimely death at an early age. He is perhaps best known for his paintings of sunflowers, landscapes of southern France and his portraits. Van Gogh's work has had a profound influence and he is one of the most recognized artists worldwide. One of his great contributions to art is the expressive use of color. In the contemporary art market his work has brought record-breaking prices. This book includes over 100 reproductions of Van Gogh's life and work. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
British art historian Spence brings his expertise to this "Great Artists of the World" series, exploring each artist's life, vision, and influence in a busy format combining text and reproductions on white backgrounds. This volume introduces Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, who came late to painting after trying and failing at several other jobs. Moving to Paris in 1886, he met painters Monet, Seurat, Signac, and Toulouse-Lautrec. These artists profoundly influenced his style, as he began to use bright colors, new painting techniques (plein air, impasto, pointillism) and perspectives from Japanese woodblock prints. Viewers can examine images of his distinctive paintings—in Arles, where he hoped to work with Paul Gauguin, Vincent painted local scenes like the terrace cafe at night and starlight over the Rhone. When Gauguin left for Tahiti, Van Gogh began to suffer fits of depression; after cutting off one ear, he ended up in an asylum, supported by his beloved brother Theo. The rest of his short career, a constant struggle to paint between bouts of madness, was nonetheless a very prolific time, producing famous works like Starry Night and studies of bright yellow sunflowers, a favorite subject. Sadly, Van Gogh shot himself and died, soon to be followed by Theo—they are buried side by side. This series is a contraction in size of an earlier set—"Ticktock Essential Artists," 2009 ()—with added pages including Fascinating Facts, a timeline, artist quotations, analysis of one work (Church at Auvers-sur-Oise), lists of museums displaying Van Gogh's work, and a bibliography of books and websites. Though the unattractive hard covers make these volumes more durable for libraries, reduction in size has caused crowded pages, very small fonts, and reproductions marred by tight gutters. The extreme difference in price may also be a factor in deciding which series to purchase. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
VOYA - Sherrie Williams
Each book in this series provides an in-depth look at a major artist, emphasizing his or her best-known work, as well as the people and events that influenced those works. Each one- to two-page chapter begins with a paragraph of text, followed by four to six illustrations with detailed captions of several sentences. Each volume begins with a biography of the featured artist, as well as an introduction to his or her world and contemporaries. Several of each artist's most famous images are chosen for further discussion, with detailed illustrations and consideration of critic's views of the works during the artist's lifetime. There is extensive discussion of how the works can be interpreted, as well as an explanation of the methods employed to produce them. These short, profusely illustrated books provide a good introduction to the life and work of several major artists. The biographies and time lines, along with the summaries of each artist's most well-known works, make this series a good resource for reports. The books are well laid out and visually pleasing, with one notable exception: The captions for illustrations that make up the bulk of the books feature a significantly small font. Some readers may find it awkward to read this typeface, limiting the usefulness of a large portion of the text in the series. The benefits of the illustrations and the text beginning each chapter, however, are greater than the concerns with the visual appearance of the captions. (The Great Artists & Their World) Reviewer: Sherrie Williams

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846969768
Publisher:
Octopus Books
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Essential Artists Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

David Spence is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a manager at the National Maritime Museum.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >