Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum

Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum

by Martin Bailey
Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum

Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum

by Martin Bailey


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Starry Night is a fascinating, fully illustrated account of Van Gogh's time at the asylum in Saint-Remy, during which he created some of his most iconic pieces of art.

Despite the challenges of ill health and asylum life, Van Gogh continued to produce a series of masterpieces – cypresses, wheatfields, olive groves and sunsets during his time there. This fascinating and insightful work from arts journalist and Van Gogh specialist Martin Bailey examines his time there, from the struggles that sent him to the asylum, to the brilliant creative inspiration that he found during his time here.

He wrote very little about the asylum in letters to his brother Theo, so this book sets out to give an impression of daily life behind the walls of the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole and looks at Van Gogh through fresh eyes, with newly discovered material.

An essential insight into the mind of a flawed geniusStarry Night is indispensable for those who wish to understand the life of one of the most talented and brilliant artists to have put paintbrush to canvas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780711277311
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Publication date: 08/30/2022
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 199,955
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

MARTIN BAILEY is a leading specialist on Van Gogh and an arts journalist. He is a London-based correspondent for The Art Newspaper. Bailey has curated several exhibitions on Van Gogh including one at Tate Britain in 2019. His books include The Sunflowers Are Mine: The Story of Van Gogh’s Masterpiece, Studio of the South: Van Gogh in ProvenceStarry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum and Van Gogh's Finale: Auvers and the Artist's Rise to Fame​.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader 7

Preface 8

Prologue: Two Brothers, Two Lives 18

1 Arrival 26

2 Enclosed Garden 34

3 Life Inside 46

4 Alienists 56

5 Wheatfield 68

6 The Stars 76

7 Beyond the Walls 86

8 Olive Groves 98

9 Cypresses 106

10 Fellow Travellers 114

11 Crises 122

12 Mirror Images 130

13 Transforming into Colour 138

14 Memories of the North 154

15 Almond Blossom 160

16 Isolated 166

Postscript I The Asylum after Van Gogh 172

Postscript II Imprisoned in Russia 180

On the Trail of Van Gogh 186

Chronology 188

Endnotes 192

Select Bibliography 210

Index 212

Picture Credits 221

Acknowledgements 222

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