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Matthew Wong - Vincent van Gogh

Painting as a Last Resort

Joost van der Hoeven, Kenny Schachter, Richard Schiff, John Yau


A beautifully illustrated exploration of the artistic and personal connections between Matthew Wong (1984–2019) and Vincent van Gogh

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The self-taught Chinese-Canadian artist Matthew Wong (1984-2019) employed bold and expressive colour, using thick and dynamic application to instil a directness and intense personality into his paintings that is equalled virtually nowhere except in the work of Vincent van Gogh. The parallels between the lives of Wong and Van Gogh are striking: both artists searched intently for their vocation in life before eventually finding it in painting; and both struggled with their mental health. Above all, they both created a legacy of highly individual and emotionally charged masterpieces.

The artistic and personal connection between them is explored in this catalogue, which also contains a survey of Matthew Wong’s impressive body of work on the occasion of his first retrospective in Europe.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 27.0 x 22.5 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Illustrations: 120

Publication date: 14 March 2024

ISBN: 9780500298053

About the Author

Kenny Schachter is a New York-based artist, writer and curator. Joost van der Hoeven is a researcher at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Richard Shiff is Chair in Art at The University of Texas at Austin. His seminal publication Cézanne and the End of Impressionism explored the relationship between late 19th-century artists and their subjective relation to reality as a source for their art. John Yau is an American poet and art critic. Sofia Silva is an artist based in Padua, Italy. Her correspondence with Matthew Wong began in 2017.