The Illustrated Provence Letters of Van Gogh
‘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 interior monologues, sketches and paintings.
Vincent van Gogh’s letters are a treasure trove of information, long prized in the world of art, that provide a vivid 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 candidly 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 battle against attacks of mental illness, and above all his prevailing passion for art. Not only do these letters throw light on Van Gogh’s complex character and emotional depth, they are a narrative of the process of artistic creation.
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.