"If ever there has been any doubt that Van Gogh's letters belong beside these nice classics of creative self-revelation, Cellini's autobiography and Delacroix's magazine, this wonderful version dispels it."
—The instances (London)
"Be essentially conscious of the celebrities and infinity on excessive. Then existence turns out nearly enchanted after all."
Few artists' letters are as self-revelatory as Vincent Van Gogh's, and the choice incorporated right here, spanning the entire of his inventive profession, sheds mild on each aspect of the lifestyles and paintings of this complicated and tortured guy. attractive candidly and movingly together with his spiritual struggles, his ill-fated look for love, his severe courting along with his brother Theo and his assaults of psychological disorder, the letters contradict the preferred photograph of Van Gogh as an anti-social madman and a martyr to paintings, exhibiting as an alternative that he used to be able to nice emotional and religious depths. notably, they stand as an excessive own narrative of creative improvement and a different account of the method of creation.
The letters are associated by way of explanatory biographical passages, revealing Van Gogh's internal trip in addition to the outer proof of his existence. This variation comprises the drawings that initially illustrated the letters.
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