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Conversations with Van Gogh: In His Own Words

Conversations with Van Gogh: In His Own Words (Hardback, First edition)

By Gogh, Vincent Van
By Parke, Simon

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Conversations with Van Gogh' is an imagined conversation with this remarkable figure. But while the conversation is imagined, Van Gogh's words are not; they are all authentically his. ' Vincent van Gogh is best known for two things - his sunflowers and his ear-cutting. But there ...are many other ways of knowing this remarkable son of a Dutch pastor, who left his chill homeland for the sunshine of Arles in the South of France; and left us over a thousand frank letters of struggle and joy, to help us glimpse his inner world. Vincent came late to painting after spending time in London trying to be a Christian missionary. And though he is now amongst the most famous artists on earth, in his day, no one saw him coming - apart from one French art critic called Aurier. It is possible he never sold one of his paintings in his life time. When he discovered the sun in Arles, he also discovered energy. Yellow for him was the colour of hope, and in his last two years he painted almost a canvass a day. But hope ran out on July 27th, 1890 when he shot himself, aged 37. He was at this time six months out of a mental institution, where perhaps he experienced his greatest calm. Vincent compared himself to a stunted plant; damaged by the emotional frost of his childhood. 'Speaking with Vincent - which he insists on being called - was a privilege, ' says Simon Parke. 'He's endlessly fascinating, contradictory, moving, funny, insightful and tragic. There's a fury in him; but also a great kindness. He found harmony in human relationships elusive; his love life was a painful shambles. But with colour, he was a harmonic genius, and he has much to say about this. And here's the thing: for a man who killed himself - he died in the arms of his brother on July 29th - spending time with him was never anything but life-affirming.
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ISBN 9781907661303
Released NZ 1 Apr 2010
Publisher White Crow Books Ltd
Format Hardback, First edition
Series Conversations with...
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ISBN-13 9781907661303
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher White Crow Books Ltd
Imprint White Crow Books Ltd
Released 1 Apr 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, First edition
Edition First
Author(s) By Gogh, Vincent Van
By Parke, Simon
Series Conversations with...
Category Art Styles: Impressionism
Art Styles: Post-Impressionism
Painting & Paintings
Individual Artists
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 12mm
Dewey Code 759.9492
Weight 322g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text Individual Artists / Art Monographs
ONIX Text General/trade