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The turbulent life of Vincent van Gogh is a constant source of inspiration and intrigue for artists and art lovers. In this beautiful graphic biography, artist and writer Barbara Stok documents the brief and intense period of creativity Van Gogh spent in Arles, Provence. Away from Paris, Van Gogh falls in love with the landscape and light of the south of France. He dreams of setting up an artists' studio in Arles - somewhere for him and his friends to paint together. But attacks of mental illness leave the painter confused and disorientated. When his friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin refuses to reside permanently at the Yellow House, Van Gogh cuts off part of his ear. The most notorious event of art history has happened - and Van Gogh's dreams are left in tatters. However, throughout this period of intense emotion and hardship, Vincent's brother Theo stands by him, offering constant and unconditional support. Stok has succeeded in breathing new life into one of the most fascinating episodes of art history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 170 x 239 x 12mm | 440g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 1906838798
  • 9781906838799
  • 64,053

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"Stok has drawn an emotional, informative, and inspirational biography for artists and art lovers everywhere. Fantastic."--Library Journal online (starred review) "This inventive art biography eschews the usual visual cliches and brings its subject into a sharp and sympathetic focus."--Publishers Weekly "Ms. Stok's story of Van Gogh goes to dark places, following the artist's obsessive work ethic and manic outbursts into a clear psychotic episode."--New York Observer "While approximating Van Gogh, she sticks to her own elemental, comic strip-like style that suggests both a simplified Tintin and a more complicated Peanuts."--Booklist
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About Barbara Stok

Barbara Stok is well known for her candid autobiographical graphic novels. In 2009, she was awarded the Stripschapprijs for her oeuvre, one of the most prestigious prizes for comic books in the Netherlands. In addition to her work for newspapers and magazines, she has eight books to her name.
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2,148 ratings
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4 45% (974)
3 18% (394)
2 2% (48)
1 0% (6)
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