Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith galvanized readers with their awesome Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography, a publication acclaimed for its remarkable study and overwhelming narrative energy. Now Naifeh and Smith have written one other journey de force—an exquisitely designated, compellingly readable, and eventually heartbreaking portrait of inventive genius Vincent van Gogh.
Working with the entire cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth of formerly untapped fabrics. whereas drawing liberally from the artist’s famously eloquent letters, they've got additionally delved into thousands of unpublished family members correspondences, illuminating with poignancy the wanderings of Van Gogh’s stricken, stressed soul. Naifeh and Smith carry a very important figuring out to the larger-than-life mythology of this nice artist—his early struggles to discover his position on this planet; his extreme dating along with his brother Theo; his impetus for turning to comb and canvas; and his movement to Provence, the place in a quick burst of incandescent productiveness he painted a number of the best-loved works in Western art.
The authors additionally shed new mild on many unexplored points of Van Gogh’s internal global: his deep immersion in literature and paintings; his erratic and tumultuous romantic existence; and his bouts of melancholy and psychological illness.
Though numerous books were written approximately Van Gogh, and although the large outlines of his tragedy have lengthy inhabited pop culture, no severe, formidable exam of his existence has been tried in additional than seventy years. Naifeh and Smith have re-created Van Gogh’s existence with an spectacular vividness and mental acuity that carry a very new and sympathetic figuring out to this specific inventive genius whose signature photographs of sunflowers and starry nights have gained an enduring position within the human imagination.
Praise for Van Gogh
“The definitive biography for many years to come.”—Leo Jansen, curator, the Van Gogh Museum, and co-editor of Vincent van Gogh: the whole Letters
“In their magisterial new biography, Van Gogh: The Life, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith supply a guided travel during the own international and paintings of that Dutch painter, shining a shiny gentle at the evolution of his paintings. . . . What [the authors] catch so powerfully is Van Gogh’s impressive will to profit, to persevere opposed to the odds.”—Michiko Kakutani, The big apple Times
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