Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh

Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh


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Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh by Irving Stone

“Written from the heart and without restraint, alive.”—The New York Times

Vincent van Gogh, the great but tormented artist, bared his tortured yet ecstatic soul in his letters to his confidant and companion, his beloved brother Theo. These letters reveal the man behind such masterpieces as The Starry Night and The Bedroom—a desperate man whose quest for love became a flight into madness and for whom every day was a “fight for life.”

Irving Stone, acclaimed author of Lust for Life and other remarkable biographic novels, has collected Vincent van Gogh’s fascinating letters to Theo. Here we see the great artist as a human being as well as a man with an appointment with destiny. Van Gogh is a man struggling with doubts and fears, beset by poverty and mental illness, but also a painter who dares to break all the rules of academic art to create priceless masterpieces never honored during his lifetime. He was part of the coterie of great artists of his day while as the same time an intimate of aging streetwalkers. These letters are outpourings of his soul that paint a vibrant self-portrait in words equal to the intensity and emotion his painting created. This is the personal story of a legend.

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ISBN-13: 9780452275041
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 279,491
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Irving Stone was born in San Francisco in 1903. He wrote several books in a genre that he coined the “biographical novel,” which recounted the lives of well-known historical figures. In these novels, Stone interspersed biography with fictional narrative on the psychology and private lives of his subjects. He also wrote biographies of Clarence Darrow and Earl Warren, and short biographies of men who lost presidential elections. He died in 1989.

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Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh 2.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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While in Toledo, Ohio I had the chance to visit a unique exhibition of works by VanGogh. Using the theme of "Fields" the special exhibit provided a rich view of the work of this interesting Impressionist artist. Having always been drawn to his artwork which includes the famous "Starry Nights", I became fascinated with his life. Dear Theo contains excerpts from the over 650 letters VanGogh wrote to his brother. Many of the letters contain details about his approach to life, nature, and painting. Readers also gain insight into the physical and psychological illnesses that ultimately led to his suicide.
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