Vincent's Books: Van Gogh and the Writers Who Inspired Him (Hardback)
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Vincent's Books: Van Gogh and the Writers Who Inspired Him (Hardback)

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Published: 02/07/2020
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‘I have a more or less irresistible passion for books’ Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) was famously driven by his passion for God, for art – and for books. Vincent’s life with books is examined here chapter by chapter, from his early adulthood, when he considered becoming a pastor, to his decision to be a painter, to the end of his life. He moved from Holland to Paris to Provence; at each moment, ideas he encountered in books defined and guided his thoughts and his life. Vincent’s letters to his brother refer to at least 200 authors. Books and readers – whether dreaming or deeply absorbed – are frequent subjects of his paintings.

Vincent not only read fiction, he also knew many works of art from detailed descriptions and illustrations in monographs, biographies and museum guides. Always keeping up to date, he never missed the latest literary and artistic magazines. This thought-provoking and original study takes the reader on an artistic-literary journey through Vincent’s discoveries, his favourite authors and best-loved books, revealing a continuous dialogue between his own work, the artists and the authors who inspired him, and giving life to his comment: ‘Books and reality and art are the same kind of thing for me.’

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500094129
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A detailed (and beautifully written) account of what the artist read - and how it influenced his art' - The Art Newspaper

'A fascinating study of Van Gogh’s creative inspiration' - Art Society Magazine

'Find[s] a fresh side to Vincent van Gogh' - The New European

'Fascinating' - Morning Star

'Covers all aspects of Vincent as a reader, book owner and maker of art featuring books and readers. The author guides readers through these aspects with a deft touch and thorough knowledge. This will become an essential book for anyone seeking detailed understanding of Vincent Van Gogh’s art and thought' - AlexanderAdamsArt

'A finely produced life of Van Gogh ... a fascinating introduction to a complex and wondrous creative life. Yes, it is the art that matters, but here, more than ever, we learn more to understand something of the man behind the art' - The Arts Desk

'laser-focused on the man as a lifelong devourer of novels, poetry and art criticism in four languages, from Victorian tales such as 'A Christmas Carol', to French romans by the likes of Victor Hugo' - World of Interiors

'Fascinating and well researched' - Artists & Illustrators

'Guzzoni’s text is good at explaining what he read, and also why it appealed to him' - Artlyst

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