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A Memoir of Vincent van Gogh
A Memoir of Vincent van Gogh | Martin Gayford, Jo Van Gogh-Bonger
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The general outlines of Vincent van Gogh’s life—the early difficulties in Holland and Paris, the revelatory impact of the move to Provence, the attacks of madness and despair that led to his suicide—are almost as familiar as his paintings. Yet neither the paintings nor Van Gogh’s story might have survived at all had it not been for his sister-in-law, the teacher, translator, and socialist Jo van Gogh-Bonger. Jo married the painter’s brother, Theo, in 1889, and over the next two years lived through the deaths of both Vincent and her new husband. Left with an infant son, she inherited little save a cache of several hundred paintings and an enormous archive of letters. Advised to consign these materials to an attic, she instead dedicated her life to making them known. Over the next three decades she tirelessly promoted Vincent’s art, organizing major exhibitions and compiling and editing the correspondence, the first edition of which included, as a preface, her account of Van Gogh’s life. This short biography, written from a vantage point of familial intimacy, affords a revealing and, at times, heartbreaking testimony to the painter’s perilous life. An introduction by the art critic and scholar Martin Gayford provides an insightful discussion of the author’s relationship with the Van Goghs, while abundant color illustrations throughout the book trace the development of the painter’s signature style.
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Tjackson
A Memoir of Vincent van Gogh | Martin Gayford, Jo Van Gogh-Bonger
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40/52 - ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️/5! This memoir written by Vincent‘s sister-in-law using so many excepts from letters from Vincent, Theo, and their mom and dad was a delightful read! It is a short book with regards to words, but not emotions and meaning. Many of his paintings are reprinted! It is a gem! I highly recommend reading it if you are a Van Gogh fan or a lover of art.

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Tjackson
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A letter from Paul Gauguin to Vincent ....”My God, how terrible these money questions for an artist.” These artists struggled financial when they were alive, yet so people have made fortunes selling their artwork after they died.

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Tjackson
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“Head of a skeleton with a burning cigarette” by Vincent Van Gogh, c. 1885-86. Not one of his most recognizable paintings. Really enjoying this book!

susanw But it is the cover of a David Sedaris book. 11mo
Tjackson @susanw Thanks for sharing! I haven‘t read this Sedaris book and didn‘t make the connection. I may need to read it now. 11mo
Velvetfur Although not my favourite, I really like Van Gogh's work, but I've never seen this one! It's cool, thanks for sharing 😀 11mo
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Tjackson
A Memoir of Vincent van Gogh | Martin Gayford, Jo Van Gogh-Bonger
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I am really loving the little memoir. I have been to The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, seen his works at the National Gallery in DC, The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and The Metropolitan in NYC, but I never tire of looking at his work. It also makes me sad... so much sadness in his life. Without Jo Van Gogh-Bonger, we would have never known his story or his works. His sister-in-law did all of this.

wanderinglynn I love his works too! I‘ll definitely have to check out this book. 👍🏻😀 👩‍🎨 12mo
vkois88 My favorite 😍😍 12mo
Tonton Vans has come out with Van Gogh 👟 sneakers; pretty nice actually. 12mo
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Tjackson @Tonton They are great!!!!! 12mo
arubabookwoman We visited his grave in Auver-sur-Oise. It is beautiful. He is buried next to Theo, his brother. 12mo
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A Memoir of Vincent van Gogh | Martin Gayford, Jo Van Gogh-Bonger
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A memoir written by Vincent‘s sister-in-law!!! It is a short book, but I am really looking forward to seeing how she documented his life.

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Tjackson
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I bought this lovely memoir while in Philadelphia yesterday. I can‘t wait read it!!!!

DivineDiana You were in my neighborhood yesterday! This looks great! Where did you purchase it? 12mo
Tjackson @DivineDiana The Barnes Foundation gift shop. She wrote it in 1913. 12mo
DivineDiana Great find! Thank you! The Barnes is a treasure! 12mo
Tjackson @DivineDiana I ❤️❤️❤️ The Rodin Museum, too! It is not as great as the one in Paris - but pretty darn close. 12mo
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