Van Gogh

Van Gogh : His Life and Work

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The first definitive and full biography of Vincent van Gogh -- the man as well as the artist. Vincent van Gogh is one of the world's greatest artists. He produced almost 2,000 paintings, drawings and watercolours within a ten-year period. Yet until now no definitive biography of him has ever been written, the truth of his life overshadowed by the myth that has surrounded him since his suicide. This magisterial biography provides the first complete account of van Gogh's life and his art. In bringing to life this intelligent and literary artist, Hilton's sweeping account sheds new light on van Gogh's role in modern art. His hitherto unexplored relationship with literature is also described. Generous quotations from 600 letters between Vincent and his brother Theo provide a new anthology of his writing. Steps toward his suicide are traced, from his childhood in Zundert, Holland in the 1850s, through years spent in Paris, Victorian London, Brussels and Arles, to his death in Auvers-sur-Oise in 1890. Lavishly illustrated and scrupulously researched, this biography is a masterly account of the complete life of a great artist and a fascinating man.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 195 x 252mm
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperPress
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 50 b/w illus, 50 col plates (32pp), With index
  • 0007240694
  • 9780007240692
  • 1,496,529

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Praise for 'Ruskin': 'It has taken 100 years, but in Tim Hilton, Ruskin has found the champion he deserves.' Wall Street Journal 'A masterpiece of investigative scholarship and a work of generous and engrossing humanity.' John Carey, Sunday Times 'Crisp and lively! Hilton's Ruskin, if any biography does, merits the description "authoritative"' John Sutherland, Independent 'A work of astoundingly vigorous biographical assimilation and fine critical wisdom' New York Times Praise for One More Kilometre And We're In The Showers: 'Tim Hilton is a man of sardonic humour as well as high intelligence ! his book is one of the most unusual, eccentric and captivating ever written by a "wheelman"' Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Daily Mail 'A hugely engaging history of the sport' Simon O'Hagan, Books of the Year, Independent on Sunday 'A charmingly eccentric account of his love of cycling, mixed in with a history of the sport' John Preston, Books of the Year, Sunday Telegraph 'Hilton is a brilliantly quirky, inventive writer ! A wonderful testament to a life in the saddle' Daily Telegraph 'Remarkably infectious and richly atmospheric; so much so that the effect is like being hoisted up on to his handlebars and swept along for the ride. His enthusiasm drives everything forward at an exhilarating lick' Sunday Telegraph 'A deeply affectionate mental scrapbook ! Hilton has the skill as a writer to make the subject of cycling fresh and compelling again. Fascinating ! Exuberant' Matt Seaton, Guardian 'An exhilarating work ! just the book for anyone who, shooting past a traffic jam on the way to work, imagines himself wearing the winner's yellow jersey at the head of the Tour de France pack' Independent

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About Tim Hilton

Tim Hilton was art critic for the Guardian and the Independent on Sunday. He was educated at Aston Technical College in Birmingham, Balliol College, Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has taught both painting and history of art in several British art schools and universities, and written art history books on the pre-Raphaelites and Picasso. His biography of Ruskin was shortlsted for the Whitbread Biography Award.

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