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The turbulent life of Vincent van Gogh is a constant source of inspiration and intrigue for artists and art lovers. In this beautiful graphic biography, artist and writer Barbara Stok documents the brief and intense period of creativity Van Gogh spent in Arles, Provence. Away from Paris, Van Gogh falls in love with the landscape and light of the south of France. He dreams of setting up an artists' studio in Arles - somewhere for him and his friends to paint together. But attacks of mental illness leave the painter confused and disorientated. When his friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin refuses to reside permanently at the Yellow House, Van Gogh cuts off part of his ear. The most notorious event of art history has happened - and Van Gogh's dreams are left in tatters. However, throughout this period of intense emotion and hardship, Vincent's brother Theo stands by him, offering constant and unconditional support. Stok has succeeded in breathing new life into one of the most fascinating episodes of art history.
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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