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

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  • Editor: H. Anna Suh
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
  • Pages: 320
  • Illustrations: 250 in full color
  • Dimensions: 8 1/4'' x 9 1/2''
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781579128593



Edited by H. Anna Suh

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 18531890) is considered one of history's greatest painters and one of the most influential masters of the twentieth century. It is difficult to believe that, although his paintings are virtually priceless today, his art went unrecognized during his lifetime. Largely self-taught as an artist, he produced a phenomenal number of extraordinary works in just over a decade.

Throughout this period he also wrote hundreds of letters, mostly to his brother Theo van Gogh, who acted as his patron and art dealer. Van Gogh also corresponded with family members including his mother and sister, Wilhemina, and fellow artists such as Paul Gauguin and mile Bernard. His letters, more than seven hundred in all, were collected by Theo's wife, Johanna, and published in 1914 in several volumes.

Van Gogh's Letter collects more than 150 of the most poignant and revealing of these letters, excerpted and newly translated, and sets them side by side with more than 250 of van Gogh's paintings, drawings, and sketches.

Van Gogh suffered from frequent mental breakdowns, particularly in the latter part of his life. The letters capture a mind never quite at ease and a soul that suffered from acute loneliness and self-doubt. But they also reveal his staggering artistic genius, the evolution of his theoretical principles, his formidable intellect and strong work ethic, and his deep connection to the natural world around him.

In many of the letters van Gogh describes, in painstaking detail and beautiful prose, the progress of his work. He would often include a sketch of paintings he had already begun, or musings on works he hoped someday to create. In this stunning collection, a facsimile of the original letter with sketch included, a work in progress, or the final work itself, is set next to a translation of the letter. An introduction and commentary by H. Anna Suh puts van Gogh's art, letters, and life into context.

Meticulously arranged, Van Gogh's Letters offers insight into the mind and work of this great artist as never before. Reading these letters and appreciating the art to which they allude is as if van Gogh himself were sitting beside us, narrating the arc of his work.

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