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Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) has become, in the century following his death, a man on first-name terms with the world. His brief but eventful life has inspired the scrutiny of other painters, filmmakers, psychologists and novelists, and his personal celebrity outstrips even the substantial fame of his works. While the popular appeal of such pictures as Sunflowers or Starry Night resides in their seemingly emotion-fuelled spontaneity, they are in fact the products of a reflective and idea-driven man who was ...
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Overview

Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) has become, in the century following his death, a man on first-name terms with the world. His brief but eventful life has inspired the scrutiny of other painters, filmmakers, psychologists and novelists, and his personal celebrity outstrips even the substantial fame of his works. While the popular appeal of such pictures as Sunflowers or Starry Night resides in their seemingly emotion-fuelled spontaneity, they are in fact the products of a reflective and idea-driven man who was profoundly interested in and inspired by all manner of literary, musical and artistic sources. Spanning his early work in the Netherlands, the period of experimentation in Paris, and the evocative landscapes and vibrant portraits made in Provence and Auvers, this survey makes extensive use of Van Gogh's own correspondence to illuminate his artistic development and the personal vision that lies behind his work. The result is a balanced and sensitive account of this most innovative and influential of artists.

This beautifully illustrated volume features the masterworks of this great Post-Impressionist painter, including his profoundly moving Starry Night. 64 full-color reproductions. Gramercy

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  • ISBN-13: 9780517077627
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/7/1992
  • Series: Miniature Art Bks.
  • Pages: 64

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
1 Seeds Sown: The Makings of the Man, 1853-1880 11
2 Rerouted and Rerooted: Van Gogh between City and Country, 1880-1883 41
3 Among Potato Eaters: The Painter Comes of Age, 1884-1885 75
4 Reinvention: Van Gogh in Paris, 1886-1888 109
5 Japanese Dreams: The Impact of Ukiyo-e, 1887-1888 149
6 The Great, Simple Thing: Portraiture at Arles, 1888 195
7 Painting as a Recuperative Strategy: Art and Illness, 1889-1890 233
8 Clinging to the Earth: Van Gogh's Last Weeks 279
9 Larger than Life: Van Gogh's Posthumous Reputation 303
Glossary 332
Brief Biographies 334
Key Dates 337
Map 341
Further Reading 342
Index 345
Acknowledgements 350
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