Stephanie Nikolopoulos's Reviews > The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles

The Yellow House by Martin Gayford
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May 24, 2012

really liked it
Read from December 03, 2013 to September 03, 2016

As someone interested in community and collaboration, I loved reading about the time artists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin spent together in Arles, France, in Martin Gayford's "The Yellow House." The book is a great introduction to the artists' work, personalities, religious beliefs, and families, and inspires me to want to read more in-depth biographies of the artists and to study their artwork more. One of the aspects I enjoyed most, was discovering the unique ways in which van Gogh and Gauguin treated the same subject matter.

I also enjoyed reading Gayford's book as a study on biography. Not bogged down with footnotes, it was accessible and conversational. There were a few times when the author acknowledged he was speculating, and it was done in a fair manner, but mostly the book relies on quotes to further the story. The research mainly relies on letters, and I would've liked a little bit more outside sources and a little more description of Arles. Overall, it's a fascinating portrait of a sliver in these two great artists' lives and a book I will be holding onto and recommending to others.

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