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The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters Hardcover – 1 Feb 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts, London; 01 edition (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905711603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905711604
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 3.2 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nienke Bakker, Leo Jansen, and Hans Luijten are on the staff of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. They are co-authors of "Vincent Van Gogh, Painted with Words: The Letters to Emile Bernard" and have recently published a new edition of Van Gogh's complete correspondence.


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Format: Hardcover
I saw this today at the exhibition for #40 and was sorely tempted to get the cheaper paperback version but thought the quality of the reproductions was not so good although the book and the text looked wonderful and very interesting. This is a good reduction and buy on Amazon because the hard back was much nicer than the paperback so would make a good souvenir of the visit to the Royal Academy of Arts to see the exhibition of Van Gogh and his letters.
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This is a great book, and not just purely for Van Gogh fans, it's an inspiring book for anybody who has ever had a dream or ambition of any kind, as Van Gogh's story is about a man striving to realise his dreams. It's tinged with poignancy, because as we know, sadly, Van Gogh died poor and without the recognition he craved. It's only after his death that he became a superstar.

My only criticism really (and hence 4 stars instead of 5) is that I thought the actual letters themselves would be included, in full, and having skimmed through, this appears not to be the case. There are extracts from the letters, but not the whole text. This is probably due to the fact that the letters would have required translation.

However, it's only a small disappointment in what is otherwise an exemplary publication.
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Useful souvenir of the excellent exhibition. Catalogues all the letters & paintings displayed
at the R.A. 2010. Sadly, despite being quite well printed, the illustrations simply
can't match the luminous quality of the originals. The best of which simply
'leapt off the walls' as if they'd just been painted. But hey, that's why you have to
visit the exhibition & see them in the flesh.
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This is a beautifully presented book.It is a must for all Van Gogh lovers.It complimented the the exhibition at the RA.Anyone who missed the exhibition will obviously miss seeing the works in real life,however this book brings the relationship Van Gogh had with his brother alive.The paintings are beautifully reproduced that you can linger over them in peace from the crowds.I found the letters haunting so be warned!The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters
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I realized that I did not have anything on Van Gogh or his paintings when trying to find something on him. I decided to invest in this book and it was definatly worth it. It shows deeply exactly what Van Gogh was trying to say and shows his paintings and drawings through a series of letters to his brother Theo and other correspondants. It shows the myth of the crazed painter to be that only of a geneius whom was often lonely. I thought that most interesting part was how he would paint a picture and then sketch it in his letters for his brother to see excatly what he was creating, this in itself, is eye opening and documents his life better than any other artist in the world.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see further into Van Goghs art and discover the meanings and feelings that he passionatly puts into his paintings. A really interesting read and beautifully shows his painting progression. 5 Star all the way!
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