The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles

The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles

by Martin Gayford
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The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles by Martin Gayford

This chronicle of the two months in 1888 when Paul Gauguin shared a house in France with Vincent Van Gogh describes not only how these two hallowed artists painted and exchanged ideas, but also the texture of their everyday lives. Includes 60 B&W reproductions of the artists' paintings and drawings from the period.

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ISBN-13: 9780316087209
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/31/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 346,969
File size: 8 MB

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Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Given the subject matter, the paintings, the letters, the biography, can one write a dull book about Van Gogh? Gayford's work has a glibness, a commonness, an unsympathetic quality, He seems to think his subject was a mentally ill person who also happened to be a great painter--as though the two aspects were not connected. He says of a self-portrait: (which I recently saw at the Musee d'Orsay and the color is so remarkable--if he had done just that painting it would have been enough) it has 'a touch of the convict or some other kind of institutional inmate about it...' For most art historians it would be better if they said nothing about the works in question--whatever they say is usually so wrong. Speaking of Van Gogh's suicide, he writes, 'Typically, he made a mess of his suicide.' So Van Gogh is a person who always made a mess of things. If you understand Van Gogh and you love his work, you will read this with interest but you might not appreciate the point of view. Yet to be grasped by many who critique Van Gogh--he is ranked with Michelangelo, Leonardo, Rembrandt--he is not just another modern artist.