Van Gogh: The Asylum Year

Van Gogh: The Asylum Year

by Edwin Mullins



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Van Gogh: The Asylum Year by Edwin Mullins

On May 8, 1889, Vincent van Gogh committed himself to the Saint Paul Asylum in Saint-Rémy, an isolated estate where he remained as a voluntary patient for a full year. Throughout this time, Van Gogh kept up a continuous correspondence with his brother Theo about his art, mental condition, hopes, and ambitions, along with his despair and sense of failure. His asylum year was Van Gogh’s most raw and desperate period, yet also his most creative, producing nearly a masterpiece a day. He painted many of his most famous works at the asylum, such as The Round of the Prisoners, Sorrowing Old Man, and Starry Night.

In Van Gogh: The Asylum Year, Edwin Mullins offers a month-by-month account of that crucial penultimate chapter in Van Gogh’s life. Mullins examines this period as a self-contained episode, unique within the history of Van Gogh's artistic genius. Containing an excellent variety of paintings and sketches from that year, correspondence with his brother, and extensive biographical and historical material, this book is a magnificent study of this most impassioned and prolific year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910065532
Publisher: Unicorn Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/15/2015
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Edwin Mullins is an author and broadcaster who served for years as the regular art critic for the Sunday Telegraph and Daily Telegraph. He has written many books on art, including Alfred Wallis: Cornish Primitive Painter and Van Gogh: The Asylum Years

Table of Contents

The Last Months in Arles
May 1889
January 1890
May 1890
Further Reading

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