The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles (Paperback)
  • The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles (Paperback)

The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles (Paperback)

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Published: 29/03/2007
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The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles is art critic Martin Gayford's account of the tumultuous nine weeks in which the famous nineteenth century artists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin shared a house in the small French town of Arles.

Two artistic giants. One small house. From October to December 1888 a pair of at the time largely unknown artists lived under one roof in the French provincial town of Arles. Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh ate, drank, talked, argued, slept and painted in one of the most intense and astonishing creative outpourings in history.

Yet as the weeks passed Van Gogh buckles under the strain, fought with his companion and committed an act of violence on himself that prompted Gauguin to flee without saying goodbye to his friend.

The Yellow House is an intimate portrait of their time together as well as a subtle exploration of a fragile friendship, art, madness, genius behind a shocking act of self-mutilation that the world has sought to explain ever since.

Martin Gayford is a celebrated art critic and journalist who has written for the Spectator and the Sunday Telegraph and is the current Chief European Art Critic for Bloomberg. In his other book, Constable in Love: Love, Landscape, Money and the Making of a Great Painter, Gayford tells the true story of Romantic painter John Constable's life and loves.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141016733
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm


A drily witty, original and profoundly absorbing book - Independent

A wonderfully perceptive, revealing and touching book - Sunday Telegraph

A story of such fascination on so many levels . . . Martin Gayford tells it vividly, intelligently and intelligibly - Literary Review

Gayford's fascinating depiction of the Odd Couple of art history is both moving and riveting - Daily Mail

Gayford has reconstructed these tumultuous weeks . . . the reader lives them day by day, almost minute by minute. Delightful, utterly fascinating - Independent on Sunday

Masterly . . . a wonderfully alert and moving portrait - Mail on Sunday

Thoughtful and excellently unsensational . . . with clever flashbacks and pertinent historical asides - Sunday Times

Remarkable, erudite and thoroughly readable. Gayford has managed to piece together as much as we ever might in the most convincing way possible - Scotland on Sunday

A gripping read, and an art historical thriller - Country Life

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