Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum
This book primarily deals with that year at St Paul’s asylum separated into chapters by the type of paintings he created. Van Gogh’s inspirations ca ...more
This is my favorite period of Van Gogh’s art, and his use of color is a feast for the eyes. This book is fu ...more
Van Gogh lived at the asylum of Saint Paul from May 1889 to May 1890, just a single year. Here he suffered from different attacks, but he always went outside his chamber to paint and love the nature and the countryside. The works of this period at the asylum are ones of the most known around the world, as Starry Night teach us.
Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists of contemporary art, and ...more
His view of the famous “Starry Night” was that ...more
Starry Night offers a closer look at the time the painter spent in Saint-Paul de Mausole, a small asylum in France on the outskirts of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
In fact, the place is just 25 km/16 miles away from Arles, where van G ...more
I found this book absolutely fascinating. It reads very t ...more
Starry Night is a fully illustrated account of Van Gogh's time at the asylum in Saint-Remy. Despite the challenges of ill health and asylum life, Van Gogh continued to produce a series of masterpieces – cypresses, wheatfields, olive groves and sunsets. He wrote very little about the asylum in letters to his brother Theo, so this book sets out to give an impression of daily life behind the walls of the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-M ...more
CW: mental illness, self-harm and suicide
Altough painting absorbed virtually all of his energy, without this vocation he would have had much less impetus to live – and it's likely that his life would have come to an end very much sooner.
Up until reading Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum I - although being fascinated with his art - only had superficial knowledge about Vincent van Gogh.. I knew he was Dutch, that he struggled with mental illness, I knew about the "ear incident", I could pic...more
This book is written by one of the premier scholars on the life of Vincent van Gogh. He literally retraces van Gogh's footprints, taking t ...more
The examination of Van Gogh's year of voluntary confinement in the asylum at Saint-Paul is fascinating and includes medical reviews, artistic output descriptions and analysis, and researched information on fellow residents and the p ...more
Devoured this in less than a day during an extremely quiet day at work.
This is a fascinating account of the year Van Gough spent at Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence after the famous incident with Paul Gauguin which resulted in Van Gough cutting off his ear.
Bailey offers a compelling look into a turbulent period of the artist’s existence; the works he creat ...more
Though the non-fiction narration itself is somewhat scattered, Bailey does very well to place you into a sensory headspace for Van Gogh's asylum visit for about one year and one week, learning the effect of his relationship with his brother, Theo, on his own sanity, the history of the asylum itself (before and after Van Gogh's death) alongside his day to day experiences and making art from ...more
Despite being a bit dry and meandering at times, this is still a good read for people interested in art history while also being accessible to readers who don't know much about art history at all.
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