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Dear Theo by Vincent Van Gogh
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Jul 26, 2010

it was amazing
Read from June 09 to July 26, 2010

Beautiful and heartbreaking. VVG thought deeply about the nature of art and its relation to life and labor. It's not quite an autobiography but a collection of letters to his brother Theo. VVG spent most of his life searching to find his way as an artist, thoroughly dependent on his art dealer brother, and unable to form lasting relationships (though he desperately craves them) with other artists and family members. At last, he begins to develop his stride over the last two years of his life, as he struggles with increasingly frequent attacks of madness. His intense description of these pleasures and sorrows is compelling and further illuminates his stunning body of work. Though the editor doesn't give enough contextual information about the letters and no information is given about the translation, it's still a worthwhile read.
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