Van Gogh

Van Gogh

The Life

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Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, who galvanized readers with their Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Jackson Pollock, have written another tour de force—an exquisitely detailed, compellingly readable portrait of Vincent van Gogh. Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth of previously untapped materials to bring a crucial understanding to the larger-than-life mythology of this great artist: his early struggles to find his place in the world; his intense relationship with his brother Theo; and his move to Provence, where he painted some of the best-loved works in Western art. The authors also shed new light on many unexplored aspects of Van Gogh’s inner world: his erratic and tumultuous romantic life; his bouts of depression and mental illness; and the cloudy circumstances surrounding his death at the age of thirty-seven.
 
Though countless books have been written about Van Gogh, no serious, ambitious examination of his life has been attempted in more than seventy years. Naifeh and Smith have re-created Van Gogh’s life with an astounding vividness and psychological acuity that bring a completely new and sympathetic understanding to this unique artistic genius.
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Praise for Van Gogh: The Life
 
“Magisterial.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
“This generation’s definitive portrait of the great Dutch post-Impressionist.”—Time
 
“A tour de force . . . an enormous achievement . . . Reading his life story is like riding an endless roller coaster of delusional highs and lows. . . . [A] sweepingly authoritative, astonishingly textured book.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Marvelous . . . [Van Gogh] reads like a novel, full of suspense and intimate detail. . . . In beautiful prose, Naifeh and Smith argue convincingly for a subtler, more realistic evaluation of Van Gogh, and we all win.”—The Washington Post
 
“Brilliant . . . At once a model of scholarship and an emotive, pacy chunk of hagiography.”—The Daily Telegraph (London)
 
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST • THE WALL STREET JOURNAL • SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE • NPR • THE ECONOMIST • NEWSDAY • BOOKREPORTER

Baker & Taylor
The Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Jackson Pollock presents an in-depth, accessible profile that has already been praised by Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum as a "definitive biography," drawing on newly available primary sources to provide revisionist assessments of the influential artist's turbulent life and genius works.

Baker
& Taylor

Draws on newly available primary sources to present a profile that offers revisionist assessments of the influential artist's turbulent life and genius works.

Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2012
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780375758973
0375758976
Branch Call Number: BIO Gogh, V 2011
Characteristics: xiii, 953 pages, 22 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), genealogical table, maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Gregory White

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Jun 17, 2015

A well documented and vivid account of van Gogh's life.Personal note to the Vandal, the Villain the Philistine who had the NERVE to cut out 4 of the color plates...may you be plagued with bottomless remorse until your dying day.

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poshmom
Dec 26, 2014

Our library system is a lot more generous in its lending, but I was still having trouble finishing it in time. I ended up purchasing the hardback edition from Amazon for $10.00. Now I have a great art history book that I can pick up anytime and read again.

blusfynx Sep 18, 2013

This book is simply amazing. I can really picture what the author is writing about and I feel a close connection to the artist.

jbleonard4 Sep 10, 2012

The authors have delivered a thorough, detailed account of Van Gogh's life. I got a better understanding and appreciation for his art from this virtual journey into his fascinating behavior.

LProfeta Apr 06, 2012

Van Gogh, the book I loaned has 950 pages and it cannot be renewed, after one week's loan. This is unfair and should be renewed for at least one week, I feel.

debwalker Nov 20, 2011

The tortured life of a brilliant artist.

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