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Becoming van Gogh

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The career path of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), one of the world's most recognizable artists, was anything but typical. Focusing on the early stages of van Gogh's artistic development, Becoming van Gogh illustrates the artist's efforts to master draftsmanship, understand the challenges of materials and techniques, incorporate color theory, and fold myriad influences into ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Yale University Press
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Stormy
Nov 24, 2012 Stormy rated it it was amazing
Lots of new (to me) information on Van Gogh's drawing and painting background. This is the catalog for an exhibit at the Denver Art Museum through Jan 2013.
Adelle
Mar 17, 2013 Adelle marked it as begun-but-put-aside-for-some-reason
I saw the exhibit at the Denver Art Museum in December, and since then I read a little of this book every week. I find I appreciate how the book proceeds chronologically through Van Gogh's life and through his work, with accompaning write-ups on the painters and paintings that were influencing Van Gogh at the time.

I had kinda thought of Van Gogh as an intense artist--but a business naif. I learn through his numberous letters to his brother, Theo, that Vincent is anything but. He is considering m
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Deanna
Jun 18, 2015 Deanna rated it liked it
Shelves: van-gogh, art-history
If you learned about van Gogh from popular culture you may be surprised to learn about him from this book instead. While popular culture paints him as a crazy depressed person, not to say he didn't go through any issues, the essays in this book show that there was a lot more going on in his life than that. He seemed a lot more disciplined in how he went through becoming an artist than what has been let on.

The book is a bit hard to read if you don't know a lot of non-english terms for various art
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