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This graphic biography documents the brief and intense period of creativity Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) spent in Arles, Provence, in southern France. Here van Gogh dreams of setting up an artists' studio--a haven where he and his friends can paint together. But attacks of mental illness leave the painter confused and disoriented. When his friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin refuses to reside permanently at the Yellow House, a distraught van Gogh cuts off part of his own ear. Throughout this period of intense emotion and hardship, Vincent's brother Theo stands by him, offering constant and unconditional support. Writer and illustrator Barbara Stok breathes riveting new life into a fascinating episode of art history, creating a vivid portrait of one of the world's most beloved and legendary artists.
Praise for Vincent :

"Stylistically, Stok is almost faultless... [ Vincent ] leaves us aware of a small breath of fresh air blown into the world of art history" The Times Literary Supplement

"Stok does a brilliant, sympathetic job of picturing the artist, whether jagged with madness or sitting amid the wheat fields and sunflowers of Arles" The Guardian
Publisher: London, England : SelfMadeHero, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2012.
ISBN: 9781906838799
Characteristics: 141 pages :,colour illustrations ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Watkinson, Laura - Translator


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Sep 13, 2015

Flat perspective, pedestrian illustrations, boring dialogue; nothing new here.

FederalWayEdna Aug 04, 2015

We all talk about emotions felt when looking works of art - think about the artists' emotions when s/he is creating the artwork. Stok's cartoons vividly illustrate the ups and downs of Van Gogh's mental anguish when painting in Arles with his brother's support and trying to start an artists' commune all the while painting at a pace that others could not keep up with nor understand.

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