The Yellow House

The Yellow House : Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Provence

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From October to December of 1888, Paul Gauguin shared a yellow house in the south of France with Vincent van Gogh. They were the odd couple of the art world -- one calm, the other volatile -- and the denouement of their living arrangement was explosive. Making use of new evidence and Van Gogh’s voluminous correspondence, Martin Gayford describes not only how these two hallowed artists painted and exchanged ideas, but also the texture of their everyday lives. Gayford also makes a persuasive analysis of Van Gogh’s mental illness -- the probable bipolar affliction that led him to commit suicide at the age of thirty-seven. The Yellow House is a singular biographical work, as dramatic and vibrant as the work of these brilliant artists.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 339 pages
  • 180 x 211 x 22mm | 331g
  • Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0618990585
  • 9780618990580
  • 314,010

Review quote

"Offers fascinating interpretations of the work that came out of the short, stormy conjunction of their lives." - Entertainment Weekly

"Gives the reader renewed appreciation for the darkness of Van Gogh's mental state and the brilliance of his artistic achievement." - Chicago Tribune

"Informative and entertaining." - New Yorker

"Brings fresh insights into the personalities and work of this odd couple of art." - Los Angeles Times
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5,345 ratings
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4 30% (1,600)
3 22% (1,151)
2 7% (393)
1 3% (159)
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