Vincent Van Gogh - The Letters: The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition

Vincent Van Gogh - The Letters: The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition

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Edited by Leo Jansen, Edited by Hans Luijten, Edited by Nienke Bakker

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 2164 pages
  • Dimensions: 312mm x 386mm x 257mm | 15,286g
  • Publication date: 16 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500238650
  • ISBN 13: 9780500238653
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Illustrations note: over 4300 illustrations
  • Sales rank: 494,453

Product description

Vincent van Gogh's letters have long been prized as some of the most valuable documents in the world of art. Not only do they throw light on Van Gogh's own complex and intriguing character, they enlighten the whole creative process as seen through his eyes. Now Van Gogh's entire existing correspondence is to be published in the most complete edition ever produced, illustrated extensively throughout, and drawing on fifteen years of scholarship and dedicated research. For the first time, all the works to which Van Gogh refers will be shown alongside the letters not only the paintings and drawings that he himself was working on at the time, but also the works of art by others that he mentions. Sketches that Van Gogh made throughout the letters themselves are all reproduced here at full size. In over 900 letters we can observe Van Gogh's thoughts and opinions at first hand, as well as his close ties with his brother Theo, his sometimes troubled relationships with friends and fellow artists, his personal doubts and fears, and above all his overriding passion for his art. This edition is not only an immense treasure trove of biographical and art-historical information, it provides a lasting pleasure as a personal written testimony to a life consecrated to art.

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A compelling chronicle of the artist s innermost thoughts . Art enthusiasts can ponder the deep words and complicated constructions of each and every letter, including van Gogh s final testament, which was found in his pocket the day he shot himself in the chest and consequently dies two days later . Beyond the aesthetic elegance of each handwritten letter lies the documented expression of one of the world s most loved artists. In van Gogh s world penmanship was a virtue, words were elocuted with care and sentences, skillfully structured. The Letters provide a unique glimpse into another era and another time. "