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Vincent's Trees

Paintings and Drawings by Van Gogh

Ralph Skea


This book showcases the variety and beauty of trees in Van Gogh’s work


Van Gogh felt a profound empathy with nature, and considered the spiritual essence of trees to be comparable with that of human figures. Vincent’s Trees traces Van Gogh as a painter of trees – from his home province of North Brabant in Holland, through Paris to Provence.

Ralph Skea’s elegant prose accompanies Van Gogh’s vibrant works, which range from pencil and ink sketches to watercolours and oils. Stylistic experiments include Pointillism and compositions inspired by Japanese prints moving towards the expressive, painterly depictions of his later work.

The book includes quotations from Van Gogh’s letters, which convey the depth of his feeling for the landscape, and the force with which it affected him.

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Book Details

Format: Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)

Size: 23.0 x 16.0 cm

Extent: 112 pp

Illustrations: 75

Publication date: 11 February 2013

ISBN: 9780500239049

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Vincent’s Love of Trees • 2.Vincent’s Dutch Trees • 3. Vincent’s Townscape Trees • 4.Vincent’s Orchards • 5. Vincent’s Provençal Trees

About the Author

Ralph Skea is a former Senior Lecturer in European Urban Conservation at the University of Dundee, Scotland, and has worked as an architect and town planner. His own paintings have been exhibited widely in Scotland since 1973.

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