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Van Gogh : The Life
by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith


Overview - Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, who galvanized readers with their Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Jackson Pollock, have written another tour de force--an exquisitely detailed, compellingly readable portrait of Vincent van Gogh.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, who galvanized readers with their Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Jackson Pollock, have written another tour de force--an exquisitely detailed, compellingly readable portrait of Vincent van Gogh. Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth of previously untapped materials to bring a crucial understanding to the larger-than-life mythology of this great artist: his early struggles to find his place in the world; his intense relationship with his brother Theo; and his move to Provence, where he painted some of the best-loved works in Western art. The authors also shed new light on many unexplored aspects of Van Gogh's inner world: his erratic and tumultuous romantic life; his bouts of depression and mental illness; and the cloudy circumstances surrounding his death at the age of thirty-seven.
Though countless books have been written about Van Gogh, no serious, ambitious examination of his life has been attempted in more than seventy years. Naifeh and Smith have re-created Van Gogh's life with an astounding vividness and psychological acuity that bring a completely new and sympathetic understanding to this unique artistic genius.
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Praise for Van Gogh: The Life
"Magisterial."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"This generation's definitive portrait of the great Dutch post-Impressionist."--Time

"A tour de force . . . an enormous achievement . . . Reading his life story is like riding an endless roller coaster of delusional highs and lows. . . . A] sweepingly authoritative, astonishingly textured book."--Los Angeles Times
"Marvelous . . . Van Gogh] reads like a novel, full of suspense and intimate detail. . . . In beautiful prose, Naifeh and Smith argue convincingly for a subtler, more realistic evaluation of Van Gogh, and we all win."--The Washington Post
"Brilliant . . . At once a model of scholarship and an emotive, pacy chunk of hagiography."--The Daily Telegraph (London)
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - NPR - THE ECONOMIST - NEWSDAY - BOOKREPORTER

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375758973
  • ISBN-10: 0375758976
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish Date: December 2012
  • Page Count: 953
  • Dimensions: 9.16 x 6.39 x 1.62 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.77 pounds


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