Vincent van Gogh created some of the best loved - and most expensive - works of art ever made, from the early The Potato Eaters to his late masterpieces Sunflowers and The Starry Night. He had worked as an art dealer, a missionary and as a teacher in England, and only in his late twenties did he begin a life that would be fundamental in shaping modern art. But when he died in Auvers-sur-Oise in 1890 at the age of thirty-seven he was largely unknown.
Written with the cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum, Pulitzer-winning authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith recreate his extraordinary life, and the inside of his troubled mind, like never before - and they put forward an explosive new theory challenging the widespread belief that Van Gogh took his own life. Drawing for the first time on all of his (and his family's) extensive letters, which offer exquisite glimpses into his thoughts and feelings, this is the definitive portrait of one of the world's cultural giants.
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Naifeh & Smith bang on about clumsy beginnings...but this is to treat the life as an accumulation of data. It seems their researches blinded them somewhat. For example, they don't think much of the way he drew hands.Read Full Review of Van Gogh: The Life | See more reviews from Guardian
Naifeh and Smith are meticulous in documenting the disasters that followed him...Van Gogh is presented as such a head case that one has to wonder how it was he ever managed to create any of the masterworks for which he has become so loved.Read Full Review of Van Gogh: The Life | See more reviews from Blog Critics
This is a beautiful book. Dotted with samples of van Gogh's artwork, readers are given a visual to go along with the extraordinary text.Read Full Review of Van Gogh: The Life
Picking up on a rumor that the artist was accidentally shot by young boys...Naifeh and Smith theorize that Rene Secretan...was the culprit...their treatment of the mystery seems to be as concerned with selling books as with getting at the truth.Read Full Review of Van Gogh: The Life | See more reviews from LA Times
In beautiful prose, Naifeh and Smith argue convincingly for a subtler, more realistic evaluation of Van Gogh, and we all win.Read Full Review of Van Gogh: The Life
...Van Gogh: The Life swallows archives whole to argue that the tempestuous, tragic, romantic figure of the artist we always had was the correct one...Read Full Review of Van Gogh: The Life
This is a well-written book, extraordinarily thorough and admirably restrained, even sympathetic to its subject.Read Full Review of Van Gogh: The Life
While their arguments are presented with conviction, they are arguments, even though they have been around for some time, by no means are accepted by all Van Gogh scholars.Read Full Review of Van Gogh: The Life
...van Gogh comes across in this biography as not much more than a depressed Dutchman with anger-management issues...Read Full Review of Van Gogh: The Life
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...Read Full Review of Van Gogh: The Life
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