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Van Gogh Paintings

The Masterpieces

Belinda Thomson


Offers a selection of Van Gogh's most unforgettable canvases, many drawn from the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam


Nearly 130 years after his death, Vincent Van Gogh continues to exert a powerful fascination. This superb book offers the reader a selection of the artist’s most unforgettable canvases as well as some lesser-known examples, many drawn from the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It explores the works in the context of Van Gogh’s short but brilliant career, in which frequent spells of isolation still allowed lively engagement with his peers and the ideas of his time.

Van Gogh’s brush was guided by a remarkable, restless and wide-ranging intelligence which found its other outlet in the continuous stream of letters written to family and friends, and the artist's correspondence – one of the most important archival resources of 19th-century art – provides the narrative thread around which this study develops. Belinda Thomson considers Van Gogh as a cosmopolitan figure who combined in his art experiences and traditions absorbed in his native Holland and in Victorian England, and then succeeded in assimilating and making his mark upon the practice of painting in France at one of its richest periods.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 29.0 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Publication date: 7 May 2007

ISBN: 9780500238387

Contents List

Introduction • Early Work – Belgium and Holland • Antwerp and Paris – 1886–1887 • Arles 1888 • Arles – Saint Rémy 1889 • Auvers 1890

About the Author

Belinda Thomson studied at the University of East Anglia and at the Sorbonne, before taking her MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute. She has published books on Gauguin, Vuillard, Post-Impressionism and Impressionism.