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Vincent Van Gogh: Artist

Vincent Van Gogh: Artist

by Peter Tyson
In his brief, intense life, Vincent van Gogh, so charged with emotion yet so tortured by his inability to connect with others, succeeded in creating a timeless, highly personal art that continues to touch millions of admirers everywhere.


In his brief, intense life, Vincent van Gogh, so charged with emotion yet so tortured by his inability to connect with others, succeeded in creating a timeless, highly personal art that continues to touch millions of admirers everywhere.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This is part of the "Chelsea House's Great Achievers" series of books about the lives of writers, artists, musicians, composers, politicians, athletes, scientists and other famous people and how they overcame their physical challenges to develop their special talents. From van Gogh's many letters to his brother much has been recorded about this talented painter's struggles with seizures, depressions, and nervous breakdowns which today might have been diagnosed as epilepsy, manic depression, and paranoid schizophrenia. During his life, van Gogh clung to his art throughout his struggles and created spectacular masterpieces. The text is quite long but the spacious page layout is inviting to the reader. Unfortunately, the majority of his pictures in this book are reproduced in black and white. However, the 8 color plates are of excellent quality.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpThis book is part of a series on disabled people who have achieved fame or distinguished themselves through special talents. Obviously, van Gogh's disability was mental, a source of inspiration and new vision, as well as of the despair that finally overwhelmed him. Tyson's narrative traces the artist's life exclusively from archival material, with the support of numerous letters between van Gogh and other figures in his life, most importantly his brother, Theo. The text is illustrated with some black-and-white photographs of van Gogh and his family and his various homes, and occasional, disappointing black-and-white reproductions of his paintings. A few full-color reproductions appear at the center of the book. The lack of artworksome pictures are mentioned but not shownand the author's complicated style and diction are definite drawbacks. There are more readable biographies available that better explain van Gogh's artistic accomplishments as well as his illness.Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
Hazel Rochman
This sophisticated biography of a great Dutch artist discusses his life and work and his role in the revolutionary movement of Impressionism. There's a handsome glossy insert with eight color reproductions of his paintings and many black-and-white pictures throughout the book Of course, van Gogh's mental illness, possible epilepsy, and breakdown are part of his story. But does that mean young people should read about him in a series called Great Achievers: Lives of the Physically Challenged? The "physically challenged" series also includes biographies of Beethoven, Stevie Wonder, Flannery O'Connor, Franklin Roosevelt, Stephen Hawking, and others. Like van Gogh, not one of these people fits the euphemistic, condescending PC label. They are great achievers. Period. They show that people can overcome immense obstacles and develop their talents. Even in terms of self-esteem and role models, surely it's more inspiring to find van Gogh in a series on great artists, Stephen Hawking with scientists And yet, physical disability isn't a put-down. We are all part of many communities, depending on whether we're defined by ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, work, gender, age, neighborhood, hobbies, health, whatever. Do we object to a series on great women or on great African Americans? Maybe it's the outdated term "physically challenged" that's so offensive. The greatest danger from this kind of reverential labeling is that it creates a backlash, and that backlash is often self-righteous support for the way things are. If we focus on the absurd and on the silly names, we can ignore the real issues of discrimination and access and respect The quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan puts it this way in his foreword to this series: "Call me a cripple, call me a gimp, call me paralyzed for life. Just don't call me something I'm not. I'm not `differently abled,' and my cartoons show that disabled people should not be treated any differently than anyone else."

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Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
Great Achievers Series
Product dimensions:
7.53(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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