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Van Gogh's Letters: The Mind of the Artist in Paintings, Drawings, and Words, 1875-1890

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Now in paperback, this beautiful and important collection of more than 150 of Van Gogh's letters paired with more than 250 works of art 

Vincent Van Gogh wrote hundreds of letters to his brother Theo as well as to family members and fellow artists including Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard. In many of them he described, in painstaking detail and beautiful prose, the progress
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 29th 2010 by Black Dog Leventhal (first published January 1st 2006)
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Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am reading Van Gogh's letters for the first time and I find that although this paperback version of a coffee table book seems voluminous, it is actually very readable and digestible.

Van Gogh wrote more than 700 letters to his brother and friends so going through them all may be a bit difficult for a beginner like me. This volume extracts the more important and interesting letters and organises them according to major phases of his creative output including:

1) the earlier years (his 20s) when
This is a beautiful and enlightening collection of Van Gogh’s letters in the context of the drawings and paintings that they refer to. The book is well printed on heavy paper, and the reproductions seem quite good. There are reproductions of many of the actual physical letters becaues they often include sketches of the works that Van Gogh was drawing or painting at the time. It also provides the translations of the letters, and representative drawings and paintings. Most of the letters are to hi ...more
Eelco Kappe
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Provides a great picture of how Van Gogh looks at the world and his struggles and determination to paint. At the end of the book, I could not stop wondering what he could have achieved if he would not have died prematurely..
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a gift from a very thoughtful friend and will always be a treasure on my bookshelf. What an amazing opportunity to look into the thoughts - and yes, insecurities - of Vincent van Gogh. To see his work paired with his letters mentioning and describing it - a true gift indeed. I took my time with this book, choosing to savor several entries at a time, rather than plow through cover-to-cover, and I believe I appreciate van Gogh all the more because of it.
Jul 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book gives a wonderful into the life and mind of Vincent Van Gogh. It is so inspiring to see how pure his dedication is to his art and how steadfastly he works to create paintings which capture the way he sees the world even when he is getting no external results or positive feedback from the world. Instead, he is determined to just steadily work each day and improve day by day, applying himself in sickness and in health. It is wonderful to see how his works progress over time and so moving ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful experience to see Van Gogh's own detailed words of his art, from theme to color selection, from thoughts to techniques. In his letters he's a passionate artist, but also a human who lives a life while feeling all the pain of it. It hurts to see the blank page all of a sudden after 1890 July, no matter how well I thought I was prepared for the final chapter.
He is such wonderfully extraordinary heritage of human being, and it's worth 1000 times to Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Adeena Hasan
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A intricately composed guide to the great artist's mind! ...more
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Honey vv
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This fantastic legacy has totally made some remarkable changes in me forever....
This book trained my mind as a painter. That’s all i can say....
Emoore Saylavee
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
amazing pictures, sketches,highlights from his letters, and insights into the goat.
Ann Lee
Follow Van Gogh's journey... From aspiring to become a painter later in life than other artists, to mastering form, discovering color, to the great paintings. Van Gogh sketched tirelessly in the early years, slowly grasping the three dimensional form of the figure through sketching labourors and common people. He started painting and almost immediately painted drastic emotions and exaggerated human forms. He was introduced to color through the impressionists and developed his own color palette. ...more
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Given to my by one of my best friends for my 28th birthday. The actual book is gorgeous, a tactile experience to read in and of itself, with thick, almost silky pages. Stunning full color images throughout combined with visually appealing formatting make for a reading experience anyone can appreciate, an artist or not!
David Leung
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I think Van Gogh's paintings are enhanced by these letters. It shows his drive to succeed as an artist but never making it during his life. Without these letters, would we know what it's like to be an artist? ...more
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Being able to read Van Gogh's words while perusing his work provides wonderful insight into the mind of a true artist. ...more
Tom Mosser
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read. I researching a movie screenplay involving Van Gogh and this will be invaluable in developing dialogue for it. The printing of Van Gogh's work in the book is top notch as well.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5. Love that you can see that he is 90% normal a genius with an I diagnosed epileptic disorder. Fascinating.
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Vincent Willem van Gogh, for whom color was the chief symbol of expression, was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland. The son of a pastor, brought up in a religious and cultured atmosphere, Vincent was highly emotional and lacked self-confidence. Between 1860 and 1880, when he finally decided to become an artist, van Gogh had had two unsuitable and unhappy romances and had worked unsuccessfully as a cle ...more

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