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Van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh, the man  behind The Starry Night,  Bedroom in Arles, and other  beloved, mesmerizing works  comes to life in this biography  and critical art book, now  available in a flexi-cover … see full wiki

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Genre: Arts & Photography
Publisher: Prestel USA
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Beautiful and Poignant

  • Jul 30, 2011
Vincent is one of the most admired and valued painters of all time. His paintings are rarely on sale, but in those rare instances when they are auctioned they can easily fetch many millions of dollars. Even his sketches are highly sought after by art collectors and aficionados. All of this is in a stark contrast to the kind of reputation (or better yet the lack of) that he enjoyed in his lifetime. During his life he only managed to sell a couple of paintings, and even those did not sell for much. He was always on a verge of penury, and was largely supported by his family and in particular by his brother Theo.

Much of Van Gogh's artistic reputation stems from his vivid use of colors as well as the emotional impact that his paintings contain. He managed to imbue even the most mundane scenes and settings - sunflowers in a vase, vast fields, and his own image - with an incredible amount of tension and drama. His style has had an enormous amount of influence upon the twentieth century artists.

This book reproduces many of his best-known paintings: Starry Night, Sunflowers, Crows in a Wheatfield, the Café Terrace, and various self-portraits. The book also tells the story of Van Gogh's life. We mostly know about his life from the letters that he wrote to his family, and Theo in particular. The book provides many quotes from these letters.

This is not just a pretty coffee-table book, but also a thoughtful and poignant celebration of a great and troubled artistic genius. The book is equally a pleasure to read, as it is look upon. It is very well designed and it provides a lot of insight into the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh.

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