Vincent's Colors

Vincent's Colors

by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vincent van Gogh, William Lach
     
 

Vincent van Gogh is one of the world's most famous artists. Throughout his life, he wrote to his younger brother, Theo, about his colorful, dynamic paintings. This book pairs the artist's paintings with his own words.

Van Gogh's descriptions, arranged as a simple rhyme, introduce young readers to all the colors of the rainbowand beyond. The descriptive words

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Overview

Vincent van Gogh is one of the world's most famous artists. Throughout his life, he wrote to his younger brother, Theo, about his colorful, dynamic paintings. This book pairs the artist's paintings with his own words.

Van Gogh's descriptions, arranged as a simple rhyme, introduce young readers to all the colors of the rainbowand beyond. The descriptive words combine with spectacular reproductions of many of the artist's most beloved and important works to create a perfect art book for young and old alike.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This slim volume, produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is an extraordinary accomplishment. Editor William Lach takes Van Gogh's own words from his letters to his brother Theo, translated closely or freely from French or Dutch, to describe the colors of some of his most famous and beloved paintings. Lach has rhymed them gently: "Leaves of silver turning to green, / stars sparkling, greenish, yellow, white, / a big bunch of violet irises, / and in my head a starry night." There's a single line of text per spread, each opposite a full reproduction or a detail of the painting that corresponds to the line. The book begins with a very brief introduction and ends with a complete list of the paintings with full description and a citation for the correspondence from which each description comes. Children and their adults will marvel at the sunflowers that are "twelve flowers that are light on light" or "a lady's clothes in black, black, black." Accessible to the youngest of connoisseurs. -Booklist
Publishers Weekly
Several titles this fall invite young people to follow a course of art appreciation. Vincent's Colors: Words and Pictures by Vincent van Gogh uses as text the letters that the artist wrote to his brother, Theo, alongside reproductions of 16 of his works (completed from 1888 to 1890). Always reproduced as full-bleed images, some of the paintings are cropped in order to focus on the elements described by the text; all are reproduced in full on the final two spreads. From interiors such as The Bedroom and his still life Irises to the haunting The Starry Night, youngsters' interest in this artist will likely be piqued by this excellent selection. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811850995
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/29/2005
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
194,077
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 18 Years

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From the Publisher
This slim volume, produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is an extraordinary accomplishment. Editor William Lach takes Van Gogh's own words from his letters to his brother Theo, translated closely or freely from French or Dutch, to describe the colors of some of his most famous and beloved paintings. Lach has rhymed them gently: "Leaves of silver turning to green, / stars sparkling, greenish, yellow, white, / a big bunch of violet irises, / and in my head a starry night." There's a single line of text per spread, each opposite a full reproduction or a detail of the painting that corresponds to the line. The book begins with a very brief introduction and ends with a complete list of the paintings with full description and a citation for the correspondence from which each description comes. Children and their adults will marvel at the sunflowers that are "twelve flowers that are light on light" or "a lady's clothes in black, black, black." Accessible to the youngest of connoisseurs. -Booklist

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