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The Yellow House,
This review is from: The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles (Hardcover)An excellent read with an insight not only into what transpired between Van Gogh and Gauguin in the nine weeks covered by the story but also into the relationships with many other contemporary artists and the art world. Difficult to put down.
BUT, the illustrations are useless as you cannot begin to see what these artists were doing by looking at not very good grey illustrations. Fortunately I have books containing colour reproductions of many of the VanGogh and Gauguin paintings. I recommend any reader to supplement the text in this way.
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Initial post: 4 Apr 2011 00:05:33 BDT
Ms. Helen Dearnley says:
The reason for rubbish illustrations is that you cannot truly appreciate art in print - far better to go to an art gallery and see the actual paintings (even though Starry Night is behind some annoying perspex) to really appreciate them.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2011 22:12:25 BDT
Hywel James says:
The reason for rubbish illustrations is a matter of cost (paper, printing, copyright etc.) not the appreciation or otherwise of paintings. Besides it's neither practical nor environmentally responsible to jet off to see many original works of art - "Starry Night" is in New York, I think. So Mr Dismore's comment about the illustrations in this book are valid.
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