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Contributor(s): W. Uhde (author) Format: Paperback , 305 x 225 x 9mm , 128pp Publication date: 01 Feb 2001 Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd ISBN-13: 9780714827247 ISBN-10: 071482724X

This series acts as an introduction to key artists and movements in art history. Each title contains 48 full-page colour plates, accompanied by extensive notes, and numerous comparative illustrations in colour or black and white, a concise introduction, select bibliography and detailed source information for the images. Monographs on individual artists also feature a brief chronology.

Contributor(s): Martin Gayford (author) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129 x 22mm , 368pp Publication date: 29 Mar 2007 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd ISBN-13: 9780141016733 ISBN-10: 0141016736

Two artistic giants. One small house. From October to December 1888 a pair of largely unknown artists lived under one roof in the French provincial town of Arles. Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh ate, drank, talked, argued, slept and painted in one of the most intense and astonishing creative outpourings in history. Yet as the weeks passed Van Gogh buckled under the strain, fought with his companion and committed an act of violence on himself that prompted Gauguin to flee without saying goodbye to his friend. "The Yellow House" is an intimate portrait of their time together as well as a subtle exploration of a fragile friendship, art, madness, genius and the shocking act of self-mutilation that the world has sought to explain ever since.

Contributor(s): Irving Stone (author) Format: Paperback , 177 x 109mm , 430pp Publication date: 01 Feb 1990 Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd ISBN-13: 9780099416425 ISBN-10: 0099416425

No artist has been more ruthlessly driven by his creative urge, nor more isolated by it from most ordinary sources of human happiness, than Vincent Van Gogh. A painter of genius, his life was an incessant struggle against poverty, discouragement, madness and despair. Lust for Life skilfully captures the exciting atmosphere of the Paris of the Post-Impressionists and reconstructs with great insight the development of Van Gogh's art. The painter is brought to life not only as an artist but as a personality and this account of his violent, vivid and tormented life is a novel of rare compassion and vitality.

Contributor(s): Judy Sund (author) Format: Paperback , 220 x 160 x 19mm , 352pp Publication date: 01 Oct 2002 Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd ISBN-13: 9780714840840 ISBN-10: 071484084X

Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) has become, in the century following his death, a man on first-name terms with the world. His brief but eventful life has inspired the scrutiny of other painters, film-makers, psychologists and novelists, and his personal celebrity outstrips even the substantial fame of his works. While the popular appeal of such pictures as "Sunflowers" or "Starry Night" resides in their seemingly emotion-fuelled spontaneity, they are in fact the products of a reflective and idea-driven man who was profoundly interested in and inspired by all manner of literary, musical and artistic sources (as his huge body of correspondence reveals). Van Gogh's artistic career spanned the 1880s, and was bornof a failed attempt to become a preacher. After his early work in the Netherlands, he arrived mid-decade in Paris, the cultural capital of the Western world and site of heated artistic debate. In 1888 he relocated to the south of France, where he worked in Arles (along with Gauguin), St-Remy and finally Auvers-sur-Oise, producing animated studies of peasants and the surrounding countryside. His painting changed radically in the course of this brief and peripatetic career, moving from an early "naturalistic" style to one of animated brushstrokes, stylized forms and intense, high-keyed colours. Van Gogh lived in poverty, however, and sold only one painting during his working life. Having suffered numerous nervous crises, and spent time recuperating in an asylum, he sank further into acute depression and shot himself in July 1890. Although he was almost unknown among the art world at the time of his death, his fame soon began to grow; the 20th century saw a romanticizing of his life into a legend of a tortured, impulsive genius. The author draws extensively on Van Gogh's own letters in order to illuminate his artistic development and the personal vision that lies behind his work, providing a balanced yet sensitive account of this most innovative and influential of artists.

Contributor(s): Pascal Bonafoux (author) Anthony Zielonka (author) Format: Paperback , 180 x 125mm , 176pp Publication date: 18 May 1992 Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd ISBN-13: 9780500300145 ISBN-10: 0500300143
Contributor(s): Vincent Van Gogh (author) Ronald de Leeuw (editor) Arnold J. Pomerans (translation) Format: Paperback , 198 x 129 x 24mm , 560pp Publication date: 31 Jul 1997 Publisher: Penguin Classics ISBN-13: 9780140446746 ISBN-10: 0140446745

A new selection of Vincent Van Gough's letters, based on an entirely new translation, revealing his religious struggles, his fascination with the French Revolution, his search for love and his involvement in humanitarian causes.

Contributor(s): Rainer Metzger (author) Ingo F. Walther (author) Format: Hardback , 240 x 300 x 24mm , 256pp Publication date: 25 Mar 2008 Publisher: Taschen GmbH ISBN-13: 9783822837689 ISBN-10: 3822837687

"This man will either go insane or leave us all far behind," prophesied the great Impressionist Camille Pissarro. The man was Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), a vicar's son born at Groot-Zundert near Breda in Holland, who at that time was struggling to find buyers for his paintings. Van Gogh did indeed go at least to the brink of insanity. And he has long been recognised as one of the greatest modern artists.Van Gogh, who followed a variety of professions before becoming an artist, was a solitary, despairing and self-destructive man his whole life long. His truest friend was his brother Theo, who supported him unstintingly throughout and followed him to the grave just six months later.This richly illustrated study by two experts on van Gogh follows the artist from the early gloom-laden paintings in which he captured the misery of peasants and workers in his home parts, through the bright and colourful paintings he did in Paris, to the work of his final years under a southern sun in Arles, where he at last found the light that produced the unmistakable van Gogh style.At Arles, Saint-Remy and Auvers-sur-Oise, in the feverish burst of creative energy that the last two and a half years of his life, he produced the 463 paintings on which his immortality rests. Van Gogh craved recognition during his life time but was denied it till after his self-inflicted death. Today he is universally seen as one of the great forerunners of 20th century painting, and one of the tragic masters of art.

Contributor(s): Kunstmuseum Basel (editor) Format: Hardback , 300 x 240 x 33mm , 304pp Publication date: 01 Apr 2009 Publisher: Hatje Cantz ISBN-13: 9783775723039 ISBN-10: 377572303X
Contributor(s): Nienke Bakker (author) Leo Jansen (author) Format: Hardback , 270 x 245mm , 304pp Publication date: 11 Jan 2010 Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts ISBN-13: 9781905711604 ISBN-10: 1905711603

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