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*little painter fellow

vincent: the life <2011> steven naifeh & gregory white smith | rating:  πππππ

van gogh spoke english! aside from dutch & french / page 459 of 868 is when vincent finally starts to use bright expressive colors \ ca. 1885 after his peasant models abandoned him & his visit to rijksmuseum

the van gogh family were prolific letter writers / this biography pieces together van gogh’s life based upon letters written by vincent, theo & others \  the letters were published by theo’s widow, johanna van gogh-bonger in 1914 / the “truth” in these letters is what makes this biography so compelling

in his letters, vincent often included sketches \ they can be found here:

http://www.vggallery.com/letters/sketches/main.htm

here’s letter 651:

http://www.vggallery.com/letters/sketches/p_2106.htm

interpretation of van gogh’s self-mutilation

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/01/04/van-goghs-ear

 

vincent mosaic by an artist @st. peter’s square

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