Hugely prolific, Vincent Van Gogh produced over 2000 works (nearly 900 paintings and more than 1,100 drawings and sketches) in a ten-year period. His story and (largely) self-taught skills are an inspiration to budding artists everywhere. Fantastic Forgeries is a simple course in the artist's legendary skills, so readers can learn his innovative techniques and then adapt and apply those techniques to their own renditions and drawings. You'll begin just as Van Gogh did, first mastering black and white drawings, including figures and landscapes Then move on to color works, including watercolor, and then finally move on to oil painting. Within each chapter, the reader will come across a specific technique employed by Van Gogh in an artwork or artworks, and then--accompanied by step-by-step lessons--he or she can learn how to use that technique in their own drawings or paintings. Featuring a dazzling collection of Van Gogh's works, step-by-step lessons for learning his techniques in 10 key pieces, as well as fascinating sidebars about Van Gogh's life, critical reception to his work, and his own thoughts about his art, this is an ideal course for any artist looking to be inspired by one of the great masters.
A six-volume, slipcased set and a major publishing event: Van Gogh s letters in their unexpurgated form, newly translated, with explanatory notes, and featuring more than 2,000 works of art to which the artist refers in his letters."
Vincent and Theo
Author: Deborah Heiligman
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
From the author of National Book Award finalist Charles and Emma comes an incredible story of brotherly love. The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend—Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.
Author: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Combines van Gogh's paintings with his own words, describing each work of art and introducing young readers to the concept of color.
Rejected in their day by painters, critics, and collectors, the visions of Vincent Van Gogh now rank among the most beloved and influential works in the history of Western art. The artist sold only a single painting in his lifetime, despite an abundant oeuvre of more than 2,000 artworks. Today his paintings fetch tens of millions at auction, and visitors from around the world flock to Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum. The artist's life of grinding poverty, his severe mental illness, and the derision of his contemporaries combined to form a romantic ideal of the tortured artist. Twenty-three years after Van Gogh's suicide, in the wake of his slowly growing fame, the painter's sister published this memoir. An intimate view of the artist's life, art, and philosophy, the book is illustrated with reproductions of several of Van Gogh's most characteristic works, including portraits and landscapes.
Author: Vincent Willem Gogh, Meyer Schapiro
Van Gogh's Ghost Paintings
Author: Cliff Edwards
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
One of the most significant and revealing paintings by the world famous artist Vincent van Gogh was never seen by anyone but the artist himself. The painting was so important to the artist that he painted it twice. He was so conflicted about the painting that he destroyed it twice. Cliff Edwards argues these two unique paintings Vincent created and destroyed are at least as important to understanding the artist and his work as are the two thousand or more paintings and drawings that do exist. In Van Gogh's Ghost Paintings, Edwards invites his readers on a journey that begins in a Zen master's room in Japan and ends at a favorite site of the artist, a ruined monastery and its garden in the south of France. Recovering the intent of van Gogh and the nature of his "ghost paintings" becomes a "zen koan" waiting to be solved. The solution offers access to the deepest levels of the artist's life as painter and spiritual pilgrim. The journey leads to the artist's choice of the biblical theme of the Garden of Gethsemane. The answer to the mystery of the lost paintings illuminates the relationship of joy and suffering, discovery and creation, religion and the arts in van Gogh's life and work. In this fascinating book Edwards solves a long-ignored mystery that provides a critical key to the relation of van Gogh's religion and art.
A carefully selected edition of the letters of Van Gogh. For this great artist it is unusually difficult to separate his life from his work. These letters reveal his inner turmoil and strength of character, and provide an extraordinary insight into the intensity and creativity of his artistic life.
Vincent van Gogh is one of the modern art's most celebrated figures, and his painting The Starry Night is one of the touchstones of the modern period. Painted at the tumultuous end of the artist's life, Van Gogh's imagined firmament, executed in deep blues and brilliant yellows, continues to capture the imaginations of all who view it. Its mystery, its evocation of the infinite, and its ability to inspire wonder have long made it one of the most beloved works in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. An essay by art historian Richard Thomson looks in depth at the artist's career - from Van Gogh's turn to art at a relatively late age to the complex and difficult days at the end of his life - and the making of this luminous painting.
Vincent Van Gogh
Author: Joan Holub, Brad Bucks
Presents information about the life and art of the painter Vincent van Gogh in the form of a boy's school report.
Van Gogh's Bedrooms
Author: Gloria Groom, Louis Van Tilborgh, David J. Getsy, Ella Hendricks, Inge Fiedler
Publisher: Yale University Press
A fascinating look at the genesis and meaning of Van Gogh s famed paintings of his bedroom "
Vincent Van Gogh
Author: Esther Dieltjes, Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh's Ear
Author: Bernadette Murphy
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The best-known and most sensational event in Vincent van Gogh’s life is also the least understood. For more than a century, biographers and historians seeking definitive facts about what happened on a December night in Arles have unearthed more questions than answers. Why would an artist at the height of his powers commit such a brutal act? Who was the mysterious “Rachel” to whom he presented his macabre gift? Did he use a razor or a knife? Was it just a segment—or did Van Gogh really lop off his entire ear? In Van Gogh’s Ear, Bernadette Murphy reveals, for the first time, the true story of this long-misunderstood incident, sweeping away decades of myth and giving us a glimpse of a troubled but brilliant artist at his breaking point. Murphy’s detective work takes her from Europe to the United States and back, from the holdings of major museums to the moldering contents of forgotten archives. She braids together her own thrilling journey of discovery with a narrative of Van Gogh’s life in Arles, the sleepy Provençal town where he created his finest work, and vividly reconstructs the world in which he moved—the madams and prostitutes, café patrons and police inspectors, shepherds and bohemian artists. We encounter Van Gogh’s brother and benefactor Theo, his guest and fellow painter Paul Gauguin, and many local subjects of Van Gogh’s paintings, some of whom Murphy identifies for the first time. Strikingly, Murphy uncovers previously unknown information about “Rachel”—and uses it to propose a bold new hypothesis about what was occurring in Van Gogh’s heart and mind as he made a mysterious delivery to her doorstep. As it reopens one of art history’s most famous cold cases, Van Gogh’s Ear becomes a fascinating work of detection. It is also a study of a painter creating his most iconic and revolutionary work, pushing himself ever closer to greatness even as he edged toward madness—and one fateful sweep of the blade that would resonate through the ages.
"A Year With Vincent Van Gogh" is a fully illustrated book of Anthony David Padgett's life changing project studying the legacy of Van Gogh. It is a story that is relevant to everyone today. In the 2017 he created 67 oil paintings in his own unique style to parallel and contrast Van Gogh's life with his own. The year brought him a deeper appreciation of nature, the seasons and family that are relevant to everyone. This fully illustrated book shares these insights. Also in the book is his sculpture of Van Gogh (sited in places Van Gogh's lived), 5 contemporary art works and a piece of contemporary performance art.