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Van Gogh's Letters: The Mind of the Artist in Paintings, Drawings, and Words, 1875-1890
     

Van Gogh's Letters: The Mind of the Artist in Paintings, Drawings, and Words, 1875-1890

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by H. Anna Suh (Editor), Vincent van Gogh
 

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Now in paperback, this beautiful and important collection of more than 150 of Van Gogh's letters paired with more than 250 works of art 

Vincent Van Gogh wrote hundreds of letters to his brother Theo as well as to family members and fellow artists including Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard. In many of them he described, in painstaking detail and

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Now in paperback, this beautiful and important collection of more than 150 of Van Gogh's letters paired with more than 250 works of art 

Vincent Van Gogh wrote hundreds of letters to his brother Theo as well as to family members and fellow artists including Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard. In many of them he described, in painstaking detail and beautiful prose, the progress of his work. Van Gogh's Letters presents more than 150 of these stirring letters, excerpted and newly translated, and set side-by-side with the art it describes, including sketches, drawings, and paintings. The result is an elegantly rendered collection that allows us to see the world through the eyes of one of the greatest artists of all time.

Previously published in hardcover as Vincent van Gogh: A Self-Portrait in Art and Letters

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579128593
Publisher:
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/29/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
273,487
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 11.42(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author

H. Anna Suh has a master's degree in art and archaeology from Princeton University. She was on the curatorial staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has worked on projects for scholarly publications at the Met, New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, the Princeton University Art Museum, and Harvard University. She lives in New York City.

Vincent van Gogh was a post-Impressionist painter of Dutch origin whose work—notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color—had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art.

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Van Gogh's Letters: The Mind of the Artist in Paintings, Drawings, and Words, 1875-1890 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Ch91898oe 9 days ago
I am a sophomore in highschool, and I was required to read this book for my English research project. The content of the book is very interesting. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a short summary of Van Gogh's life during each different stages and it gives a clear introduction. The book contains more than 150 letters that Van Gogh's wrote to his brother, Theo, and also some fantastic drawings, paintings, and stretches. Through reading the book, you will see a clear transition of Van Gogh's style from the beginning to the end. Van Gogh had always use elegant and beautiful language to express his idea and you will always be touched by his strong belief in art. However, I wouldn't really recommend this book if you want to choose it for your research project. Since the book mainly focuses on the description and explanation of Van Gogh's artwork and his letters, it doesn't really mention much about his life stories. But the book really helps if you are interested in art, ranging from techniques to ideas, the book includes many details of his artwork and you would definitely learn a lot.
LJ29 More than 1 year ago
I am a sophomore in highschool, and I was required to read this book for my English research project. I would recommend this book if you are interested in learning about van Gogh's artistic process. I enjoyed being able to see the progression of Vincent's technique. I enjoyed some of Vincent's paintings and sketches that were scattered throughout the book. The book also gave me an in-depth look into van Gogh's thoughts and feelings. I learned about his multiple failed relationships, and how strong the bond was between him and his brother, Theo. I wouldn't suggest this book if you are doing a research project. Although I found the book interesting, it didn't help me answer the questions for my assignment. The letters were mostly about what types of paint he used, and his brush strokes. If you are an artist or creative person who is interested in learning more about the early techniques of Vincent van Gogh, this is the book for you. If not, I would suggest looking elsewhere.
N-H More than 1 year ago
I am a sophomore in high school and I was required to read the book for an English research project on Vincent van Gogh. The book is a little lengthy but has much information in it. If you don;t have a brief background on Vincent it might be a little hard to understand because his letters don't give much detail on his early life. The book is very interesting especially if you have an eye for art. Using this book was not a good choice for a research project because the book doesn't include much information about his personal life. Although you get to explore deeper into Vincent's personal thoughts and opinions. Every page is filled with a painting or sketch. The letters are filled with much enthusiasm and figurative language. You are able to learn more in depth what Vincent's paintings meant to him and what they were really about. Overall I would not recumbent this book to just anyone, but someone who has a love for art or would like to learn more on Vincent van Gogh.
emilyf19 More than 1 year ago
I am a sophomore in high school and I was required to read this book for an English research project on Vincent van Gogh. I found the book Van Gogh’s Letters to be an intriguing book that gave me a unique view of Van Gogh’s life from the artist himself. As I read his letters, I felt like I was, in a way, inside his mind. Each letter had so much emotion and passion packed into it and I feel like I was able to truly grasp all that he felt about his artwork, his illness, and himself as a person. I also enjoyed looking at his many sketches, drawings, and paintings. He possessed such a raw talent for what he did and I think his work is remarkable. I was also able to translate his work in relation to the emotions he was feeling at the time. I feel like painting was not only his passion but his outlet and I loved how I was able to experience that. Overall, I thought this book was very interesting and it is one I will not forget. I knew a little about Van Gogh and his work as an artist before, but through this book I was able to expand my knowledge about who he was as a person. Now when I see paintings such as The Potato Eaters or Night Café, I will not just see an ordinary piece of art. I will view it while considering the dedication and thought that was put into it by this tremendously talented and tormented artist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a sophomore in high school and i read this book for my English research project. I do not recommend this book if you are planning to use it for a research project. Though it can be of some use to get information, it is strictly just van Gogh's letters that he wrote. I did enjoy reading this book at times. I liked reading Vincent's thoughts and opinions of his own work and how he describes his plan for his next big work of art. His letters shows how he was a well educated man just by reading how he describes his own feelings of painting and his own life. Van Gogh uses great amounts of metaphors,similes, and imagery to help describe his drawings and paintings, and the people around him. My first impression of the book was that it would be long and boring, and thought it was at times, I still had times where this book was fun to read. I wouldn't recommend this book to everybody. I think this is a book for people who have a strong passion for drawing and painting, or someone who is really interested in learning about Vincent van Gogh as a person. Overall, I would definitely say that I enjoyed reading this book because I got to learn a lot about this artist. Reading his own personal letters made it feel like I got to know Vincent on a personal level rather than just learning the timeline of his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a sophomore in high school and i read this book for my english research project. This book has Vincent's  letters paired up with his artwork by date. It gives you a sort of timeline and shows you his progress as an artist. Reading the letters does get a bit boring at times, but it is interesting reading about his points of view and opinions. This book seems long but actually most of the pages include his drawings and paintings which take up most of the space. Van Gogh uses a lot of imagery in his letters describing landscapes and locations he is currently at which  i thought was interesting as well. This book does Vincent well and shows us what was really going on in his head considering he was mentally unstable, which you wouldn't think due to his passion for painting and drawing.  I would recommend this book to people who enjoy art and those interested in finding out more about Van Gogh and his life's journey,otherwise i don't think this is a book for just anyone. I really enjoyed reading this book and i think that now i have a different view on who Van Gogh really was, a great artist who literally was a mad genius.
YHG More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to all the readers to want to go into the world of Van Gogh.