|Though Vincent van Gogh is often thought of as a mad genius, in The Letters of Vincent van Gogh the thoughtful, effervescent, and sensitive man is revealed to readers through his own voice.
This collection of letters, arranged in chronological order and written
to Vincent's closest confidant, his brother and art dealer, Theo,
provide a riveting narrative of van Gogh's life. The letters expose
Vincent's creative process; his joy and inspiration derived from
literature, Japanese art, and nature; as well as his many romantic
disappointments and constant poverty. Also documented are Vincent's
close relationships with fellow artists, especially Paul Gauguin. Van
Gogh's tender and often ebullient letters provide a sharp contrast to
the devastating and frequently violent mental breakdowns that plagued
and eventually destroyed him.
Collected and edited by art historian Mark Roskill, this volume also
includes a chronology, a short memoir by van Gogh's sister-in-law that
fills in many of the blanks of Vincent's early years, and reproductions
of selected artwork discussed in van Gogh's letters.
Letters of Vincent
by Mark Roskill (Editor)