Letters of Vincent van Gogh
Introduced by Martin Gayford
Edited by Mark Roskill
Van Gogh’s famous letters transform our understanding of one of the most haunting figures in western culture.
‘Consider, if you will, the times in which we live to be a true and great renaissance of art ... the new painters still isolated, poor, treated as madmen, and because of this treatment actually going insane…’
Few artists’ letters are as self-revelatory as Vincent van Gogh’s, and this selection, spanning his artistic career, sheds light on every facet of the life and work of this complex and tortured man. Engaging candidly and movingly with his religious struggles, his ill-fated search for love, his attacks of mental illness and his relationship with his brother Theo, the letters contradict the popular myth of van Gogh as an anti-social madman and a martyr to art, showing instead a man of great emotional and spiritual depths. Above all, they stand as an intense personal narrative of artistic development and a unique account of the process of creation.
The letters are linked by explanatory biographical passages, revealing van Gogh's inner journey as well as the outer facts of his life, and this new Folio edition is fully illustrated with over 40 integrated colour images. In addition to a slipcase case printed with his own handwriting, the edition features van Gogh’s original drawings from his letters, a selection of his most famous paintings and watercolours, and reproductions of the letters themselves.
Quarter-bound in blocked cloth with printed Modigliani paper sides
Set in Van Dijck
Full colour frontispiece and 44 integrated illustrations
9˝ x 6¼˝