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Vincent's Gardens

Paintings and Drawings by Van Gogh

Ralph Skea


A glorious giftbook celebrating Van Gogh’s lifelong love affair with the garden


This delightfully illustrated book celebrates Vincent van Gogh’s love of nature and will enchant all gardeners and art lovers. The collection includes all his most characterful studies of trees, plants and flowers – a perfect gift!

Van Gogh’s landscapes and the paintings in which he conveys the wild beauty of Provence are well known, but he also found peace and inspiration in the more modest surroundings of gardens and parks, from gardens and allotments in Brabant to the cottage gardens of Montmartre and the blazing flower beds of the south of France.

Here are joyous paintings of plants in bloom and the intense studies of lilac, roses, irises and pine trees he produced in the asylum grounds at Saint-Rémy. All are tributes to Van Gogh’s originality and poetry.

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'A fresh perspective on Van Gogh’s artistic evolution towards his vibrant and vividly coloured style'

'The perfect gift for Van Gogh fans and garden lovers alike'
Daily Express

'Constant, though, is the thrilling intensity of Van Gogh’s engagement with the gardens, backyards, parks and allotments he encountered … teases out all the creative and psychological implications'
The Scotsman

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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: 14 February 2011

ISBN: 9780500238776

Contents List

Introduction: Life happens above all in the garden • 1 Vincent’s Love of Gardens • 2 Vincent’s Dutch Gardens, 1881–85 • 3 Vincent’s Parisian Gardens, 1886–88 • 4 Vincent’s Provençal Gardens, 1888–90 • 5 Vincent’s Gardens in Auvers, 1890 • Bibliography • List of quotations • List of illustrations

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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