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Letters from Provence

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Van Gogh spent the last two years of his life in Provence, where he painted his greatest pictures, and this book tells the artist's own story of his most creative period. It reproduces extensive extracts from his correspondence and is illustrated with his paintings, drawings and facsimile letters. Van Gogh's letters are a testimony to his struggle to survive and work. Here ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 24th 1995 by Gramercy (first published November 7th 1990)
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Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've always felt a bit of a kindred spirit thing with Van Gogh. When I saw his paintings at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris I got a little bit teary. You could get so close to his paintings and it was a really big deal.

This was an eye opener. I didn't know as much about his as I should and his letters shout loneliness at you. It's quite heart breaking. His whole world seemed to be the painting. That's all he had and I still wonder, what was the final straw? What would modern day mental he
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will occasionally brings a bunch of art books home from the library, and this one was in the most recent stack. I picked it up and really, really enjoyed reading it. The letters are accompanied by fascinating (and incredible) sketches that Van Gogh included in his letters - mostly to his brother, Theo - explaining the pieces he's working on. The book also shows the finished pieces... There's something really interesting about the general perception of Van Gogh's life (he was a crazy guy who cut ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This was very good I have to admit but very sad at the same time. It’s a series of letters from Van Gogh to primarily his brother but also his sister, mother, Paul Gauguin and a few others. The letters are short or have been abridged. They hint towards his demise that Van Gogh suffered in the last couple of years of his life. He had a few big setbacks in his short life and a few rejections in love and with work which ultimately led him towards a troubled state of mind and with him cutting off pa ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally got round to finishing this book. It was lovely to remember some of the Provencial landscapes in the colors described by Van Gogh and to be transported back in that wonderland for a little while. Also got to brush off my french.
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Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is it important to know more about an artist other than the sum of their work? I think so, and these letters written by Van Gogh give insight into the life and thoughts and friendships of this inspiring artist.
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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 clerk in ...more