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Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, who galvanized readers with their Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Jackson Pollock, have written one other journey de force—an exquisitely unique, compellingly readable portrait of Vincent van Gogh. operating with the total cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth of formerly untapped fabrics to convey an important realizing to the larger-than-life mythology of this nice artist: his early struggles to discover his position on the planet; his extreme dating along with his brother Theo; and his circulation to Provence, the place he painted a few of the best-loved works in Western paintings. The authors additionally shed new mild on many unexplored facets of Van Gogh’s internal global: his erratic and tumultuous romantic lifestyles; his bouts of melancholy and psychological sickness; and the cloudy conditions surrounding his dying on the age of thirty-seven.
even though numerous books were written approximately Van Gogh, no severe, bold exam of his lifestyles has been tried in additional than seventy years. Naifeh and Smith have re-created Van Gogh’s lifestyles with an impressive vividness and mental acuity that deliver a very new and sympathetic figuring out to this distinctive creative genius.
Praise for Van Gogh: The Life
“Magisterial.”—Michiko Kakutani, the hot York Times
“This generation’s definitive portrait of the nice Dutch post-Impressionist.”—Time
“A journey de strength . . . a huge fulfillment . . . studying his existence tale is like using an never-ending curler coaster of delusional highs and lows. . . . [A] sweepingly authoritative, astonishingly textured book.”—Los Angeles Times
“Marvelous . . . [Van Gogh] reads like a singular, choked with suspense and intimate element. . . . In attractive prose, Naifeh and Smith argue convincingly for a subtler, extra reasonable overview of Van Gogh, and all of us win.”—The Washington Post
“Brilliant . . . right away a version of scholarship and an emotive, pacy bite of hagiography.”—The day-by-day Telegraph (London)

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Even earlier than he got here domestic, all of his self sufficient job ceased, from instructing Sunday university to writing Theo. while Dorus decided that Belgium was once the easiest position to discover a place, Vincent stopped taking a look anyplace else. the necessities for preaching in Catholic Belgium have been some distance much less rigorous than in Holland. “Respectable, smart humans may still definitely do good there,” Anna pronounced with a bit of luck, “even with no diplomas. ” whereas nonetheless in Amsterdam, Vincent dutifully wrote lengthy letters following up on his father’s inquiries and provided to trip to Brussels to plead his case face-to-face. In mid-July, Dorus prepared an interview for Vincent with an evangelical university in Brussels. Father and son traveled there jointly, observed through the Reverend Thomas Slade-Jones from Isleworth, who mysteriously materialized simply in time to provide Vincent a superb advice in individual. whereas ready to listen to from the college, Vincent did his top to play the great son. He took lengthy walks along with his brother Cor, an ebullient eleven-year-old who enjoyed to attract and desired to be a cavalry officer whilst he grew up. On a scorching summer time day, they sat within the colour and drew “a little map of Etten and surroundings,” Vincent mentioned. He helped with arrangements for the massive occasion of the summer time: the marriage of his eldest sister Anna to Joan van Houten, a formal, wealthy burgher from Leyden, through making preparations of flora and greenery. He his father like a shadow, usually accompanying him on his parish rounds through the week and his preaching tasks on Sundays. while Dorus used to be away, Vincent sat in his room overlooking the backyard and composed sermon after sermon in education for his existence to come back. In July, Vincent followed his father to Zundert, the place Dorus preached within the little church and in a while visited the unwell. at the approach domestic, Dorus stopped the carriage they usually walked the heath jointly within the night mild. This used to be as shut as Vincent may ever come to the reconciliation he so desperately sought. He recorded the instant in a picture fraught with it: The solar used to be atmosphere crimson at the back of the pine timber, and the night sky used to be mirrored within the swimming pools; the heath and the yellow and white and gray sand have been so filled with concord and sentiment—see, there are moments in existence while every little thing, inside of us too, is stuffed with peace and sentiment, and our entire lifestyles looks a course during the heath. the times prime as much as his departure have been packed with public cheer yet deepest turmoil. He fought with the bride (“Vincent is extra obstinate than ever,” Anna complained) and shrank from his social tasks. “He is extra withdrawn than ever,” his mom wrote at the eve of the marriage. the looks of Uncle Cent and Uncle Stricker on the rite on a gorgeous August day may simply have additional to the air of secrecy of failure and rejection, as he ready once more to depart the one lifestyles that he really longed for. 4 days after the marriage, Vincent set out for the evangelical college in Brussels that his father had selected for him.

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