Van Gogh's Women: His Love Affairs and Journey into Madness

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A widowed first cousin, Kee; a prostitute named Sien; shy, spinsterish Margot Bergemann; the seventeen-year-old peasant girl Stien de Groot—to all of them Vincent van Gogh would declare his love. In none of them would he find the wife to seal the emotional bond that he so perfectly imagined and ardently desired. He described it, too, in his correspondence, not only in the remarkable, justly famous letters exchanged with his brother Theo, but also in heartfelt missives to his aggrieved mother, his loyal sister ...

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A widowed first cousin, Kee; a prostitute named Sien; shy, spinsterish Margot Bergemann; the seventeen-year-old peasant girl Stien de Groot—to all of them Vincent van Gogh would declare his love. In none of them would he find the wife to seal the emotional bond that he so perfectly imagined and ardently desired. He described it, too, in his correspondence, not only in the remarkable, justly famous letters exchanged with his brother Theo, but also in heartfelt missives to his aggrieved mother, his loyal sister Wil, and his devoted sister-in-law Johanna. Focusing especially on van Gogh's letters to these three steadfast women he called his sisters, award-winning author Derek Fell examines Vincent's interior life and poignantly documents his emotional decline. Indeed, the blows that Vincent's psyche suffered—like his rejection by Kee and a dramatic showdown with her father in which the devastated Vincent held his hand in a lantern's flame—continually undermined his self-worth. In a sensitive reading and astute interpretation of van Gogh's own written words, Fell illuminates the passions that at once commanded Vincent's genius and tormented his heart. Many illustrations are included in this revealing life of the artist, as seen through the lens of his loves and losses.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786716555
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/9/2005
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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Derek Fell is an art historian, garden photographer, and author with almost one million copies of his books in print, including SECRETS OF MONET'S GARDEN, CEZANNE'S GARDEN, and the award-winning VAN GOGH'S GARDEN. He lives on a historic farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Excellent gift for art lovers!!

    I bought this for my niece as a college graduation gift. It was on her wish list. She was thrilled and as an art history major had done her research.

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