"What I find such a pleasant surprise about painting is that you can, with the same effect you put into a drawing, take something home with you that conveys the impression much better and is much more pleasing to look at. And at the same time more accurate, too. In a word, it is more rewarding than drawing. But it is absolutely essential to be able to draw the proportions correctly and to position the objects fairly confidently before you start. If you make a mistake here, it will all come to nothing." - letter to his brother Theo, 20 August 1882
Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Search for Sacred Art
Debora Silverman's book enables the reader to see van Gogh's and Gauguin's art--from the familiar masterpieces of Arles, Nuenen, Tahiti to lesser-known drawings and objects--in constantly new and surprising ways and to appreciate the special character of their nineteenth-century cultures and contexts. This book, the first of its kind, opens up an unmined terrain of central importance: the relationship between religion and modernism.
Van Gogh Face to Face: The Portraits
(Vincent Van Gogh, George Keys, Joseph J. Rishel, Katherine Sachs (Contributor), Roland Dorn, Graham W. J. Beal, George T.M. Shackleford, Lauren Soth, Judy Sund)
Just one month before his suicide in 1890 Vincent van Gogh wrote to his sister, "What impassions me most--much, much more than all of the rest of my metier--is the portrait, the modern portrait." During his short, intense career he revolutionized portrait painting, decisively influencing its course in the twentieth century. Published to accompany a major touring exhibition, Van Gogh Face to Face brings together for the first time the great portraits from all periods of the painter's life, augmented by reproductions of many of his most important other paintings. The result is an unprecedented and wonderfully revealing study of van Gogh's development as an artist, making it possible to see his evolving approach to the genre as he pushed back the boundaries of portraiture, culminating in the masterworks of his final years. Six original essays by leading art historians discuss the key aspects of van Gogh's portraits at different stages of his career.
Vincent Van Gogh
(Meyer Schapiro, Vincent Van Gogh
A renowned art historian and Van Gogh expert provides inspirational and authoritative commentary on forty-eight major works, reproduced in full-color, including The Starry Night, Crows over the Wheat Field, The Potato-Eaters, Sunflowers, and Irises.