The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles Paperback – 29 Mar 2007
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Offers fascinating interpretations of the work that came out of the short, stormy conjunction of their lives. "Entertainment Weekly" Gives the reader renewed appreciation for the darkness of Van Gogh's mental state and the brilliance of his artistic achievement. "Chicago Tribune" Informative and entertaining. "New Yorker" Brings fresh insights into the personalities and work of this odd couple of art. "Los Angeles Times" " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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`[A] drily witty, original and profoundly absorbing book' The
`Wonderfully perceptive...revealing and touching book' Telegraph
`A story of such fascination on so many levels...Martin Gayford tells it
vividly, intelligently and intelligibly' Literary Review
`The Yellow House offers a masterly portrait...of the nine weeks in 1888
that Van Gogh and Gauguin lived together in a pokey house in the south of
France' Mail on Sunday
`Wonderfully well told...with the rising tension of an inescapable
nightmare' The Telegraph
The author `manages to get inside two complex minds, analysing their
thoughts, fears, ambitions, complaints and fantasies with admirable
clarity' The Guardian
`Unmannered, sensible and to the point' The TelegraphSee all Product Description
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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.
The second problem with this Kindle edition is that the name of the location of the Yellow House, 'Arles', is spelt correctly only 140 times of the 250 times it is mentioned. In 110 cases it is spelt 'Aries'. Somehow when the book was scanned in the l became i and a spell checker didn't pick up the mistake which is really irritating and I would think, really simple to fix.
This is one book that is definitely a book - not a kindle.
Martin Gayford here gives us a very interesting look at two artists, Van Gogh and Gauguin, and the period they spent together working in the Yellow House of the title. As well as trying to describe those tumultuous weeks we are also taken into the background of both artists, their family backgrounds and their aspirations, etc. Trying to re-create the weeks they spent together is easy on one hand, as we know where they went and what they painted, but it is much harder as you try to get inside the heads of these two people, and how they sparked off of each other.
What we are presented with here then is a fascinating read, even for those who wouldn’t even read such a book concerning art. We learn so much about Gauguin and Van Gogh and what was likely to have gone on between them, and how they both to a large degree inspired and encouraged each other, producing some of their best paintings. Although the illustrations here aren’t that particularly good we can see how they could both approach the same subject and come out with something that is completely different, not only necessarily to what had gone before, but also to each other. Admittedly this book won’t be for everyone, it is a niche product as such, but if you are interested in either artist then this could make a welcome read.
Others have criticised the poor quality of the illustrations and it is true that the experience would have been greatly improved by full colour glossy prints. But it would also have made for a much more expensive book - as it is, this is cheap enough to be accessible, and the smudgy grey prints are so poor that they really drive you to seek out good reproductions elsewhere - or even to track down the originals - which may be no bad thing.
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I cannot fault Martin Gayford on this excellent 'tableau' he has given us in 'The Yellow House'.
Being an admirer of Van Gogh's work - and having the greatest sympathy... Read more
A fascinating insight into the lives of Van Gogh and Gaugin, with valuable information as to their painting techniques.Published 6 months ago by London surfer.
A fascinating insight into the life and work of Van Gogh - I could not put the book down!Published 11 months ago by Mr A Woodgate
You start to realise how crucial Gaugin's affect was on Van Gogh's mental breakdown.Published 11 months ago by adrian hughes
A wonderful book about a relationship between two men and artists during a period that produced some of the finest art seen on the face of this earth. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Poorhibby
A really interesting and detailed account of the weeks during which Van Gogh and Gaugin shared the Yellow House. More engaging than I expected.Published 18 months ago by robin bath
This book was utterly spoilt by the MANY errors in the text. It does not seem to have been proof read by anyone. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2014 by J Rooke
This was requested as a present for a family member, they were really pleased and I found it good value.Published on 28 Dec. 2013 by tangoman