While he died on the age of thirty-seven, Vincent van Gogh left a legacy of over thousand artistic endeavors, for which he's now justly recognized. yet van Gogh used to be additionally a prodigious author of letters—more than 8 hundred of them, addressed to his mom and dad, to pals corresponding to Paul Gauguin, and, chiefly, to his brother Theo. His letters have lengthy been widespread for his or her unheard of literary caliber, and paintings historians have occasionally drawn at the letters of their research of the work. And but, up to now, not anyone has undertaken a severe evaluate of this outstanding physique of writing—not as a footnote to the work yet as a hugely subtle literary success in its personal correct. Patrick Grant’s long-awaited examine presents such an evaluation and, as such, redresses an important omission within the box of van Gogh studies.
As furnish demonstrates, particularly except furnishing a hugely revealing self-portrait in their writer, the letters are compelling for his or her resourceful and expressive energy, in addition to for the perceptive observation they give on common human subject matters. via a refined exploration of van Gogh’s contrastive variety of considering and his fascination with the proposal of imperfection, provide illuminates sluggish shifts in van Gogh’s rules on faith, ethics, and the which means of paintings. He additionally analyzes the metaphorical value of a couple of key photographs within the letters, which end up to yield unforeseen mental and conceptual connections, and probes the relationships that floor while the letters are seen as a cohesive literary product. the result's a wealth of recent insights into van Gogh’s internal panorama.
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