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The Illustrated Provence Letters of Van Gogh

Martin Bailey



ISBN: 9781849946582

Price: £16.99

Publication date: 4 February 2021

Category: Biography

‘I cannot help that my pictures do not sell. Nevertheless, the time will come when people will see that they are worth more than the price of the paint …’ Vincent van Gogh

Discover the moving story of Vincent van Gogh, with his artistic genius and emotional torment told through personal letters, sketches and paintings in this beautiful reissue. 

Vincent van Gogh’s letters are a written testimony to the artist’s struggle to survive and work. This fascinating book’s combination of deeply personal letters alongside rough sketches and finished paintings gives an intimate insight into the painter’s domestic life in Arles and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, his spiritual torment and the creative process.

The Illustrated Provence Letters of Van Gogh engages with the mind of the artist, reflecting his close bond with his brother and closest companion Theo, his relationship with fellow artists and friends, his ongoing struggle with  mental illness, and his passion for art. 

Dr Martin Bailey’s introduction provides essential background information about Vincent’s early life, setting the period in Provence in perspective. Biographical notes about the recipients of Vincent’s letters are provided as well as a guide for visitors to those places painted by van Gogh.



Martin Bailey is a leading Van Gogh specialist and investigative reporter for The Art Newspaper. He has curated several exhibitions, including Tate Britain’s 2019 show Van Gogh and Britain. His most recent books are The Sunflowers are Mine: The Story of Van Gogh’s Masterpiece; Studio of the South: Van Gogh in Provence; Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum; and Living with Vincent van Gogh: The Homes & Landscapes that shaped the Artist.