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BOOKS ON VAN GOGH

Updated on February 4, 2013

Van Gogh Ex Libris

Van Gogh's paintings have elicited more interest than scores of other artists. I think this is due to the complexity of the man, his intensity and enthusiasm in both painting and in life. If genius borderlines insanity then he seems to have a surplus of both working against each other during his relatively short and tragic life. This lens has to do with finding books that are available on this artist, both in and out of publication. I hope you enjoy looking through them.

PS: I was hired to paint five Van Gogh's for a Disney film back in the 80's, working as a scenic artist at J. C. Backings in what used to be the MGM Studio lot. The production designer of the film sent me to Pasadena to visit The Norton Simon Art Museum there and to view some of the Van Gogh's that Simon had in his collection. I got to see them very close up and was surprised that most of the strokes were made by brush and not palette knife as I had guessed. It was a "once in a lifetime project" and I really enjoyed climbing into his world for a while.

A Brief Biography

Vincent van Gogh, for whom color was the chief symbol of expression, was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland. The son of a pastor, brought up in a religious and cultured atmosphere, Vincent was highly emotional and lacked self-confidence. Between 1860 and 1880, when he finally decided to become an artist, van Gogh had had two unsuitable and unhappy romances and had worked unsuccessfully as a clerk in a bookstore, an art salesman, and a preacher in the Borinage (a dreary mining district in Belgium), where he was dismissed for overzealousness. He remained in Belgium to study art, determined to give happiness by creating beauty. The works of his early Dutch period are somber-toned, sharply lit, genre paintings of which the most famous is "The Potato Eaters" (1885). In that year van Gogh went to Antwerp where he discovered the works of Rubens and purchased many Japanese prints.

In 1886 he went to Paris to join his brother Théo, the manager of Goupil's gallery. In Paris, van Gogh studied with Cormon, inevitably met Pissarro, Monet, and Gauguin, and began to lighten his very dark palette and to paint in the short brushstrokes of the Impressionists. His nervous temperament made him a difficult companion and night-long discussions combined with painting all day undermined his health. He decided to go south to Arles where he hoped his friends would join him and help found a school of art. Gauguin did join him but with disastrous results. Near the end of 1888, an incident led Gauguin to ultimately leave Arles. Van Gogh pursued him with an open razor, was stopped by Gauguin, but ended up cutting a portion of his own ear lobe off. Van Gogh then began to alternate between fits of madness and lucidity and was sent to the asylum in Saint-Remy for treatment.

In May of 1890, he seemed much better and went to live in Auvers-sur-Oise under the watchful eye of Dr. Gachet. Two months later he was dead, having shot himself "for the good of all." During his brief career he had sold one painting. Van Gogh's finest works were produced in less than three years in a technique that grew more and more impassioned in brushstroke, in symbolic and intense color, in surface tension, and in the movement and vibration of form and line. Van Gogh's inimitable fusion of form and content is powerful; dramatic, lyrically rhythmic, imaginative, and emotional, for the artist was completely absorbed in the effort to explain either his struggle against madness or his comprehension of the spiritual essence of man and nature.

- The Van Gogh Book List -

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Camille and the Sunflowers : A Story About Vincent Van Gogh The Age of Van Gogh : Dutch Painting 1880-1895~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Richard Bionda(Editor), Carel Blotkamp (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1997Read more about this title...The Art of Van Gogh~ Usually ships in 24 hours Vincent Van Gogh / Hardcover / Published 1992At Eternity's Gate : The Spiritual Vision of Vincent Van Gogh~ Usually ships in 24 hours Kathleen Powers Erickson / Hardcover / Published 1998Read more about this title...Camille Y Los Girasoles~ Usually ships in 24 hours Lafenoce Anholt, Laurence Anholt / Paperback / Published 1998Read more about this title...Color Your Own Van Gogh~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Vincent Van Gogh, Marty Noble (Illustrator) / Paperback / Published 1999Dear Theo : The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh~ Usually ships in 24 hours Vincent Van Gogh, et al / Paperback / Published 1995Read more about this title...The Essential Vincent van Gogh~ Usually ships in 24 hours Ingrid Schaffner / Hardcover / Published 1998Read more about this title...The First Starry Night~ Usually ships in 24 hours Joan Shaddox Isom / Hardcover / Published 1998Read more about this title...Flemish and Dutch Painting : From Van Gogh, Ensor Magritte and Mondrian to Contemporary Artists~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Rudolf Herman Fuchs(Editor), et al / Hardcover / Published 1997Read more about this title...The Glory of Van Gogh : An Anthropology of Admiration~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Nathalie Heinich, Paul Leduc Browne (Translator) / Hardcover / Published 1996Read more about this title...The Glory of Van Gogh; An Anthropology of Admiration~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Nathalie Heinich, Paul Leduc Browne (Translator) / Paperback / Published 1997Read more about this title...Happy Birthday to a Good Friend (Happy Birthday)~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Helen Exley(Editor), et al / Paperback / Published 1997In the Footsteps of Van Gogh~ Usually ships in 24 hours Gilles Plazy, et al / Hardcover / Published 1998Read more about this title...Letters of Vincent Van Gogh~ Usually ships in 24 hours Vincent Van Gogh, Mark Roskill / Paperback / Published 1997Read more about this title...The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (Penguin Classics)~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Ronald De Leeuw(Editor), et al / Paperback / Published 1998Read more about this title...Lust for Life~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Irving Stone / Paperback / Published 1989Read more about this title...Masterpiece Studies : Manet, Zola, Van Gogh, & Monet~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Kermit Swiler Champa / Hardcover / Published 1994Read more about this title...Painting the Wind~ Usually ships in 24 hours Michelle Dionetti, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator) / Hardcover / Published 1996Read more about this title...Portrait of Dr. Gachet : The Story of a Van Gogh Masterpiece : Modernism, Money, Politics, Collectors, Dealers, Taste, Greed, and Loss~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Cynthia Saltzman / Hardcover / Published 1998Read more about this title...The Pursuit of Spiritual Wisdom : The Thought and Art of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin~ Usually ships in 24 hours Naomi E. Maurer, et al / Hardcover / Published 1998Season of New Beginnings : Praying Through Lent With Saint Augustine of Hippo, Dorothy Day, Vincent Van Gogh, Saint Teresa of Avila, John Henry newman~

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Stranger on the Earth : A Psychological Biography of Vincent Van Gogh

~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Albert J. Lubin / Paperback / Published 1996

The Unseen Van Gogh~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Richard Muhlberger / Hardcover / Published 1998

Read more about this title...Van Gogh~ Usually ships in 24 hours Renilde Hammacher, A. M. Hammacher (Contributor) / Paperback / Published 1990Van Gogh~ Usually ships in 2-3 daysHardcover / Published 1996Van Gogh (Colour Library)~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Pollock Griselda, Wilhelm Uhde / Paperback / Published 1993Van Gogh (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)~ Usually ships in 24 hours Mike Venezia(Illustrator) / Paperback / Published 1994Read more about this title...Van Gogh (World of Art)~ Usually ships in 24 hours Melissa McQuillan / Paperback / Published 1989Van Gogh : 16 Art Stickers~ Usually ships in 24 hours Vincent Van Gogh / Calendar / Published 1998Van Gogh : Art and Emotion (Great Artist Series)~ Usually ships in 24 hours David Spence, Tessa Krailing / Paperback / Published 1997Read more about this title...Van Gogh : Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Mike Venezia / School & Library Binding / Published 1988Read more about this title...Van Gogh : The History and Techniques Fo the Great Masters (History and Techniques of the Masters)~ Usually ships in 2-3 days William Hardy / Hardcover / Published 1997Van Gogh : The Passionate Eye (Discoveries Series)~ Usually ships in 24 hours Pascal Bonafoux / Paperback / Published 1992Read more about this title...Van Gogh : The Touch of Yellow (Art for Children)~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Jacqueline Loumaye / Library Binding / Published 1994Van Gogh : Vertigo of Light~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Jacqueline Guillaud, Maurice Guillaud / Hardcover / Published 1991Read more about this title...

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Van Gogh Art Activity Pack (Art Activity Packs)~ Usually ships in 24 hours Mila Boutan / Paperback / Published 1996The Van Gogh Cafe~ Usually ships in 24 hours Cynthia Rylant / Hardcover / Published 1995Read more about this title...The Van Gogh Cafe~ Usually ships in 24 hours Cynthia Rylant, Cynthia Ryland / Paperback / Published 1998Read more about this title...Van Gogh Paintings Cards~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Vincent Van Gough, Vincent Van Gogh / Accessory / Published 1997Van Gogh Paintings Giftwrap Paper~ Usually ships in 24 hours Vincent Van Gogh / Accessory / Published 1997Van Gogh's Bad Cafe : A Love Story~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Frederic Tuten / Paperback / Published 1998Read more about this title...Van Gogh's Bad Cafe : A Love Story~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Frederic Tuten / Hardcover / Published 1997Read more about this title...Van Gogh's Flowers~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Judith Bumpus / Paperback / Published 1998Read more about this title...Van Gogh's Progress : Utopia, Modernity, and Late-Nineteenth-Century Art (California Studies in the History of Art, 36)~ Usually ships in 2-3 days Carol M. Zemel / Hardcover / Published 1997Read more about this title...Van Gogh's Van Goghs : Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam~ Usually ships in 24 hours Richard Kendall, et al / Hardcover / Published 1998Read more about this title...

My Van Gogh Experience



In the 1990's I was commissioned to paint some Van Gogh paintings for a scene in a Disney film. There were five or six different Van Gogh's that they needed, so I was sent to the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena, California to observe some genuine works by Vincent. The production designer on the film insisted that Van Gogh used a palette knife to apply the paint to his canvases, but upon close observation I noticed that all of the strokes were produced by brush (you could see the hair marks between the ridges of paint). It was a dream job - I was actually getting paid to climb into the shoes of an incredible artist and get a little insight into his creative impulse. The producers seemed to be happy with what I produced and, sadly, the job ended.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are nice works from Van Gogh. Thank you for sharing