Van Gogh's Letters: The Mind of the Artist in Paintings, Drawings, and Words, 1875-1890

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Now in paperback, this beautiful and important collection of more than 150 of Van Gogh's letters paired with more than 250 works of art

Vincent Van Gogh wrote hundreds of letters to his brother Theo as well as to family members and fellow artists including Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard. In many of them he described, in painstaking detail and beautiful prose, the progress of his work. Van Gogh's Letters presents more than 150 of these stirring letters, excerpted and newly ...

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Overview

Now in paperback, this beautiful and important collection of more than 150 of Van Gogh's letters paired with more than 250 works of art

Vincent Van Gogh wrote hundreds of letters to his brother Theo as well as to family members and fellow artists including Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard. In many of them he described, in painstaking detail and beautiful prose, the progress of his work. Van Gogh's Letters presents more than 150 of these stirring letters, excerpted and newly translated, and set side-by-side with the art it describes, including sketches, drawings, and paintings. The result is an elegantly rendered collection that allows us to see the world through the eyes of one of the greatest artists of all time.

Previously published in hardcover as Vincent van Gogh: A Self-Portrait in Art and Letters

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579128593
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/29/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 252,273
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Anna Suh has a Masters degree in art and archaeology from Princeton University. She was on the curatorial staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has worked on projects for several scholarly publications. She is also the editor of Leonardo's Notebooks. She lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    I am a sophomore in high school and i read this book for my Engl

    I am a sophomore in high school and i read this book for my English research project. I do not recommend this book if you are planning to use it for a research project. Though it can be of some use to get information, it is strictly just van Gogh's letters that he wrote. I did enjoy reading this book at times. I liked reading Vincent's thoughts and opinions of his own work and how he describes his plan for his next big work of art. His letters shows how he was a well educated man just by reading how he describes his own feelings of painting and his own life. Van Gogh uses great amounts of metaphors,similes, and imagery to help describe his drawings and paintings, and the people around him. My first impression of the book was that it would be long and boring, and thought it was at times, I still had times where this book was fun to read. I wouldn't recommend this book to everybody. I think this is a book for people who have a strong passion for drawing and painting, or someone who is really interested in learning about Vincent van Gogh as a person. Overall, I would definitely say that I enjoyed reading this book because I got to learn a lot about this artist. Reading his own personal letters made it feel like I got to know Vincent on a personal level rather than just learning the timeline of his life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    I am a sophomore in high school and i read this book for my engl

    I am a sophomore in high school and i read this book for my english research project. This book has Vincent's 
    letters paired up with his artwork by date. It gives you a sort of timeline and shows you his progress as an artist.
    Reading the letters does get a bit boring at times, but it is interesting reading about his points of view and opinions.
    This book seems long but actually most of the pages include his drawings and paintings which take up most of the
    space. Van Gogh uses a lot of imagery in his letters describing landscapes and locations he is currently at which 
    i thought was interesting as well. This book does Vincent well and shows us what was really going on in his head
    considering he was mentally unstable, which you wouldn't think due to his passion for painting and drawing.
     I would recommend this book to people who enjoy art and those interested in finding out more about Van Gogh
    and his life's journey,otherwise i don't think this is a book for just anyone. I really enjoyed reading this book and i
    think that now i have a different view on who Van Gogh really was, a great artist who literally was a mad genius.

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    I recommend this book to all the readers to want to go into the

    I recommend this book to all the readers to want to go into the world of Van Gogh.

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