Vincent Van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind

By Chiara Lossani; Octavia Monaco (Illustrator)
(Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780802853905, 36pp.)

Publication Date: January 2011

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"Painters teach us to see," Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. But when Vincent's contemporaries looked at him, many of them saw only a madman "dressed like a scarecrow wandering in the fields with canvases under one arm and paintbrushes under the other." But Vincent followed his passion and listened to the lessons nature taught him about light, shadows, shapes, and colors. And now that "madman" is one of the most famous painters in the world. Inspired by letters that Vincent wrote to Theo, his closest friend and constant encourager, the text of Vincent van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind is vibrantly illustrated in a style that recalls the paintings of the artist himself. The book also includes fourteen reproductions of van Gogh's actual paintings. This lyrical story provides a thoughtful and fresh look at the life of one of the world's most famous artists.

About the Author
Chiara Lossani has written a number of books in Italian for young children. She lives in Milan, Italy.

Octavia Monaco is an Italian illustrator who has created the art for many children's books, including Klimt and His Cat (Eerdmans). Octavia lives in Modena.
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