Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

The Letters Vincent Van Gogh: The Letters Vincent Van Gogh: The Letters: The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition the Complete

By Vincent Van Gogh; Nienke Bakker (Editor); Leo Jansen (Editor)

Thames & Hudson, Hardcover, 9780500238653, 2500pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2009

This edition is an immense treasure trove of biographical and art-historical information. The culmination of fifteen years of new research and superseding all previous editions in its ambition and up-to-date scholarship, it provides a lasting pleasure as a personal testimony to a life consecrated to art Over 4,300 illustrationsNew transcriptions of every known letter to or from Van GoghThe complete collection: this edition includes all the letters, both in the Van Gogh Museum and those in other museums, archives and private collectionsNew translations render Van Gogh's words more closely than ever before unadorned, unimproved, faithful and accurateVan Gogh's sketches, made throughout the letters, are reproduced here at full sizeNew material: previously unknown letters and fragments of letters are published in English here for the first timeNew scholarship: fifteen years of new research have added to scholars understanding of Van Gogh's life and work. Extensive research has been carried out to identify every work of art mentioned, whether produced by Van Gogh or by other artists.Authoritative editing: many omissions and misreadings in previous editions have now been corrected. For the first time the letters are fully annotated.Supplementary texts add information about Van Gogh's life, his family, his correspondents, his characteristics as a letter-writer and the context in which the letters were written. Also includes a comprehensive list of materials discussed in the letters, a chronology of his life and a full indexExemplary design: the typography and design is by Wim Crouwel, one of Holland's most accomplished book designers of the last fifty years This is the most complete edition of Van Gogh'e letters ever produced, illustrated extensively throughout, and drawing on fifteen years of scholarship and dedicated research. For the first time, all the works to which Van Gogh refers are shown alongside the letters not only the paintings and drawings that he himself was working on at the time, but also the works of art by others that he mentions In over 900 letters we see Van Gogh's thoughts and opinions at first hand, as well as his close ties with his brother Theo, his sometimes troubled relationships with friends and fellow artists, his personal doubts and fears, and above all his overriding passion for his art.

About the Author
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was born near Brabant, the son of a minister. Largely self-taught as an artist, he moved to Paris in 1886 and lived with his devoted brother, Theo, who as a dealer introduced him to artists like Gauguin, Pissarro, Toulouse-Lautrec and Seurat. In 1888, he moved to Arles hoping to establish an artists' colony. He was joined briefly by Gauguin in October 1888, but the visit was not a success. A final argument led to the infamous episode in which van Gogh mutilated his ear. In 1889 he became a voluntary patient at the St. Remy asylum, where he continued to paint. He moved to Auvers to be closer to Theo in 1890. He died, having sold only one work, following a botched suicide attempt.

Nienke Bakker is Curator of Exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Leo Jansen is Curator of Paintings at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.